The only versions of Linux that I've heard of are RedHat, SuSe, and Fedora Core. I've never used any of them, though.
I think the average Windows user would have a difficult time getting used to Linux, let alone choosing which version of Linux is most suitable for them.
So you have never used linux, but have already decided that its too hard to bother with....
some1 surgested Gaim... forget it... KOPETE ! it comes with KDE as part of Kde-Network ackage, and supports nifty things like auto translation, encrypted messages and file sending.
some1 also mentioned that there are many programs that only run in windows....
think about it,,, there are far far more programs that only run in every operating system there is.. (except windows)
there is a Linux program to coever every windows need.. ive not booted windows in years (except to fix it for my family when it breakes)