I experimented with freespire (can't remember what version but it would have been about 6 months ago) for my girlfriends computer. I wanted her to have a computer free from Microsoft's windows but she had virtually no computer knowledge so it had to be simple.
Freespire was great as far as i can remember. It's fairly simple to use and visually it looks great. I think i couldn't get the software repository system (CNR) working or found it annoying to use. I ended up using openSUSE on the girlfriend's computer because it's what i use.
Give it a go and see what you think. Freespire 2 is only in alpha stage - I'd probably wait until it's properly released or get the latest freespire 1.x