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so, there is no difficult choice for the linux newbie.
Well, let's see, there is ...
And those are just the 'newbie friendly' distros that I know about, and certainly some of these are duplicating each others efforts.
or these kinds of people there is Windoze & all the marketing hype that goes with it such as third party firewalls, anti-virus, and lots of other expensive propiority software
Yeah right, firewall and antivirus software are freely available. And anyway, we should know by your name how you feel about paying for software regardless of how good it is.