Believe me when I say that I wasn't trying to take anything away from Debian by suggesting that the original poster install Ubuntu instead. I agree with you [b]100%[/b] about Debian. You see it in my sig. It's just that as a pure neophyte, the Ubuntu might be a bit easier for him to install as his first GNU/Linux experience. After playing with Ubuntu for a while I would definitely suggest a move to Debian, though.
I think so, too, and if you check my points, I was also careful to say that something like a Ubuntu or a SimplyMEPIS would be easier to get going, right out of the gate, but I think when we suggest stuff to the complete neophyte, it bears mentioning what it would take and offer some alternatives.
Some people are best off to dig right in to a Debian, a Slackware, an Arch, or even a Gentoo. Clearly they are in the distinct minority, but there are occasionally some who are willing to do the extra learning and the extra work to get something that is more personal, more customized, and more specific to a particular need, and that is where a Debian can do it. I totally agree that there are not a great number of people that are immediately ready to make that leap, and that is why I also agreed that a Ubuntu or SimplyMEPIS would be a great starting point (I personally prefer SimplyMEPIS to Ubuntu, closer to Debian Lenny), but both are great and either would get the job done very well.