Advice On Linux?

Andrew Cory, posting at Dean’s World, is looking for advice about what Linux distro to install, and has some related questions about functionality.

One of them I think is especially good:

I’ve had past experiences with Linux where there was no good way of doing file management. Windows Explorer represent the minimum level of functionality I am interested in…

Yeah, really. That is precisely the kind of thing I want, and found lacking, in Linux in my modest exposure to it. Has there been any improvement along those lines? My reaction to Linux, apart from the GUI and program availability making it seem impressively close to ready for prime time to me, was “where are my drive letters?” Talk about a changed conceptualization.