Ah - happy memories of where it all began - a suse linux box set complete with several cds and instruction manuals. Who said that linux was more difficult than windows to install and run? With the help of these box sets even the dumb dumb can set up a reasonable system. Totally unitiated this was where I started and managed (almost) everything) on my own.
Suse is a great place to start when you are just getting started with linux.
However, after a while I did begin to find it a tad clunky and not quite as customisable as I wanted (but then I am a perfectionist at heart)