Re: Ubuntu 10.04
not sure i totally agree with adding all these PPA's and installing so much extra stuff. Look around in ubuntu and see what's there before you go taking advice. Empathy will do IM, while some prefer Pidgin. i never used Pidgin in 10.04 because the thought of 2 IM programs installed bothered me alot. Also, find what pattern you are - meaning look at what you want to do on your PC and see what you need to install. For example, I have been using linux ubuntu since 8.04 and i have installed Java once. IT just doesnt come up, but it might for you, so think about what you normally do and install thigns according to that.
advice you will find is good as a guideline, but only install what you need.
I switched to lubuntu by the way becasue ubuntu gnome is a little heavy on my netbook.