I'm switching over from Windows 7 to Ubuntu (basically because I want to try something new). I'm a basic user; I really only use my PC for iTunes, Web Browsing, some Steam gaming, and multimedia sharing to my Samsung TV. I'm very organized and want the best looking and fluent system. What should I install? Just the regular Ubuntu or maybe MATE? I don't know the differences in any of these.... please help!
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I would recommend either Linux Mint or Ubuntu. Before an year, I was a Windows user and tried several versions of Linux. I found Linux Mint as the easiest one, since it comes with most of the codecs and applications by default. Also it's user interface is easy to learn for Windows users. Once you fall in love with Linux (It may take some time, but definitely you will) you can try other distributions and go with your preferred one. (My current OS is Ubuntu 14.04, because of my personal taste.)
A friendly advice dear, don't start with a Linux version which is designed for some special purposes like for hacking or lightweight for old hardware.
They are both good choices and both fully functional. Ubuntu MATE is arguably lighter for older hardware but beyond that your question is too subjective to answer. It's a matter of taste.
My recommendation is to try them both out in live environments so you can see with a minimum of fuss which you prefer.