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Submission + - What Programming Language is good to learn first?

jrwr00 writes: "I want to start programming, but i dont know what to start with, there are so many to choose, I would like to learn one that is powerful but easy to use, also cross-platform, I want to be able to write code for OSX Win32 and Linux, And also, if possable to be free, and open sourced, I dont plan on learning in a day or two, maybe under a year would be nice.. So i ask you the Slashdot readers, What Programming Language would you sugguest to a new programmer"

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.