I am a real new user. Never used Linux before. I purchased a R-PI to do something different for christmas and fell in love with it. I personally found Occidental a lot more user friendly since I have been working the projects in the Raspberry PI tutorials. There are instructions on how to adapt the work for Wheezy (which is my only other OS). I am so scarred of screwing up an O.S. I tread lightly, but for a total new user to this element of computer use (not just clicking on a mouse and getting something to work), I found the Occidental user friendly. Just my opinion. Kudos to Lady Adafruit and her team!!!!!!!!!
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.