Re: Linux n00b needs teh helpzors!!!
I'd go with just Ubuntu. You can do Windows visible shares via the use of Samba. Ubuntu is very well documented, and like grey_1, I prefer Gnome over KDE. If you're going to learn something new I'd go with Gnome via the use of vanilla Ubuntu. If you're considering setting up a server use Dapper Drake LTS instead of Feisty Fawn as Dapper is supported much longer and is considered Ubuntu's stable "Long Term Support (LTS)" release.