I'm looking into getting Linux for my college Notebook, but I am (as you can tell) pretty new to the whole *NIX thing. I'm wondering what version of Linux is good for new users, but at the same time teaches me skills so I can move on and use the more advanced versions of Linux rather than leech to the user-friendly ones.
My first friend told me to get Gentoo Linux, but friend #2 said that Gentoo is mostly console based and I really know nothing about the Linux commands. He told me I should get Ubuntu, but friend #1 shuns Ubuntu. So I'm asking for some third party ideas on which version of Linux I should use.
Thanks ahead of time.