I got a friend of mine to make a boot disk of Ubuntu for me, and I spent this morning installing and updating. Now I'd say the computer is about 80% functioning the way I want it to. The biggest stumbling block remains my scanner/printer. It's one of those unfortunately cheap models from Wal-Mart, and it's hard to tell if it's just quit working or if the damn thing is just not Linux compatible. Being a low end HP from Wal-Mart I'm thinking it's just it's disposable nature and trying to use it with an atypical OS is giving it fits.
As for Ubuntu itself, I've been playing around with it all afternoon and I'm fairly happy with it. It's interface is not too far removed from what I'm used to, and it doesn't have much of a learning curve to getting up to speed with it. For the most part I am a low end user, I don't play a lot of games, and the main use I have for my computer is for internet accesss and occasional image editing. So except for installing Gimp, I can get by with what Ubuntu has given me with the basic package.