Nice writeup by eWeek on Ubuntu Linux desktops..
"The biggest reason for Brooks' Ubuntu inclination isapplication availability. If there's a piece of Linux-supportingsoftware that you want to run, there's a good chance that it's beenpackaged up in a ready-to-install format for Ubuntu Linux. What's more,of all the operating systems he's used or reviewed, Ubuntu offers thebest set of tools for acquiring, installing, updating and removingapplications."
I got my 9 year old going Ubuntu desktop few months back. Webkins, downloading music to her iPod, playing games, creating charts, etc.
Works like a charm. Happy camper...
eweek report on installing apps on Ubuntu Linux desktop