It's Dutch better/easy than English? no, these were two different language, way to comunicate through people. The same thing may apply to OS, they were used to comunicate/repuire some duties to a tool (the pc).
Switch from your native language lead *ever* some difficulties, no matter which one you are going to learn.
I switch to linux from win for two main reason:1. like to choice 2 trustd computing (chinese law invading the west).
For me wasn't much hard the switch...but consider I had experience with many previous SO ( MS-BASIC and DR-DOS include).
Ubuntu it's the must choice if you are absolutely new to linux...then, dare! mandriva, suse, sabayon...linux distro came in so much dialect (hope it's say so) you can't imagine.
if you get problem all you need is just google for solution, one more common is make work some odd hardware made to works only through dll stuff (ie. winmodems).
last: do not use ati cards: their driver for linux were really sh- (opt for nvidia instead)