Re: How to get start Ubuntu?
The great thing about Ubuntu and its spinoffs is that they can all be run from a Live CD or USB. You can test drive them before installing them on the HD. (Of course, things will run somewhat slower because of read speed limitations of these removable media.)
At the end of the day, however, you shouldn't loose too much sleep over which one to choose, since any one of them can be reconfigured to be identical to any of the others, by changing the Shell/Desktop Environment and adding/removing a few applications.
Jane, stop this crazy thing!