Questions 787: Defenestrating Windows

Charlie asks: Which version of Linux do you recommend and what open source tools do you suggest?

Resources Mentioned:
System 5 (wikipedia)
Ubuntu Studio
Libre Office
Abiword
Sigil
Calibre
Audacity
Ardour
VLC
gftp
Brave
Evolution
Thunderbird
GIMP
Krita
Scribus