You really should try SuSE. It is the only Distro that is not available as a free ISO download, but is worth the 50 - 70 bucks.
It includes Wizzards for most common setup tasks. It autoconfigs everything and features one click softwareinstall and one click system updating (just like Windows)
The config tool - YaST is one of the most powerfull ones even on a Linux system. It is a dynamic tool that not only edits the config files in the background, but also checks system integrity, compares manual changes made to the system, autodetects new hardware and automatically configures it, and also is smart enough to change any other config settings that might be dependant on the one that was just changed.
As for the available apps for Linux, you really should check out sourceforge or rpmfind.net. There are FAR more available software apps than most think. SuSE will come with *8* gigs of compressed software apps wich you may choose from durring install. And it is not all for workstation, there are quite a few nice apps. K3B - the CD/DVD burning app, probably excels over Nero - it does everytihng Nero does, plus rips/converts DVD's to VCD and DiVX, will make self bootable DiVX disks that "play themselves", it will also decode DVD's and rip them to HD and of coarse does all the usuall stuff your used to in Nero. And to make it nice - it is all done with Wizzards and ultra-freindly GUI's.
Media playback? Xine, Mplayer, Ogle, and VideoLan cclient are just a few that do everything - including DVD playback as well as all the other codecs. You will also be happy to find that you can get some perfectly smooth Video playback on even a Pentium 266 using Xine. Of coarse it is all GUI and easy to use. Also note these apps do the normal: 5.1 audio playback, OpenGL, DVD menus, the works.
Are you a die hard winamp person? You should check out XMMS - a default player on nearly all distros. It does all the usual, plays Waves, Ogg, MP3, CD audio - even CD digital audio extraction. To add to that, it uses Winamp skins, and has a myrid of plugins just as winamp does.
Web browsers? Mozilla, Netscape, Opera, Konqueror, and Galeon to name a few of the endless amount of web browsers for Linux. If you are not happy with that, wine runs IE rather nicely.
Office software? Open Office, Star Office, Koffice, and a few hundred others - there are perhaps TOO MANY office apps on Linux right now. And like I mentioned earlier, Office 2000 and XP run absolutely great with wine at the moment.
Graphics? The Gimp (wich uses photoshop plugins and add ons), XPDF, , Xpaint, kpaint, and a few hundred others as well. The Gimp is among the nicest - even Disney has went Linux just for the Gimp. And of coarse, Photoshop is one of the officially supported apps with wine.
Email? Netscape mail, Kmail, Evolution, Pine, and some other 20 apps. If you know how to use Outlook, you know how to use these as well. Of coarse, none do hotmail or other webmail-based services
- so the towel goes to XP in that regards.
Audio/Vidio editing? Audacity, StudioMAX, and some 30 others. Half even have Windows ports, they have become so popular and nice to use.
Games.. OK, the towel goes to XP hands down here - even I keep a XP box around for this
Actually, there is a special Wine build that is specifically for Windows games - even DirectX ones. But it costs extra (a monthly subscription) and I personally do not belive in paying to use something I already bought. On the bright side, there are quite a few really nice games for Linux already - and most do not even know it, but even UT had supported Linux - right from the CD! If you got UT even 2003 includes a installer for Linux. 2004 will even have it printed on the box. And many game developers are now declaring that they will be following within the next couple years now.
File sharing? GTK-Gnutella, Edonkey, Emule, giFT, and a few others are just a few of the big ones. As stated before, Kazaa runs nicely with wine - in fact I refuse to use Kazaa on win anymore just because it is safer to DL it using my Linux and scan the files remotely - since Linux does not know what a virus is to put it simply.
Drivers? HHmm.. support is not bad. The list of support "out of the box" is nearly twice as good as - say XP - is . Even TV cards, Wireless networking, Sound blaset Audigies, etc. It is all supported - and if SuSE has a driver for it, it also has at least 2 - 3 apps to actually use that hardware
Well, enough with that