I would say no. I have an Original Derringer 28 and it is by far my favorite skateboard of any kind that I have ever ridden. The way the trucks work is incredible, its like sex for your feet. It doesn't even really feel like skateboarding, its more like snowboarding. After riding one for a while when you get on regular boards you just fall off as soon as you make a hard turn because you can't physically lean your weight out as far as you can on an Original.
I would recommend anyone that longboards to get an Original, but I wouldn't recommend it for a first board. First of all they are pretty squirrelly at first and they take a little getting used to. If you aren't already pretty decent at longboarding it would be really sketch to pick up on one of those. Second, they are only good for carving. Since your just starting out, you don't know what you are going to end up getting into. You can't dance on them at all and downhill is super sketchy because it gets wobbly at high speeds.
I would recommend a KS board, www.krackedskulls.com. They are really cheap. You can tell the deck is cheap because it looks cheap, it is unfinished, and IMO feels kind of like like it is going to break (It won't though, my buddy who is over 230lb rides one and they are total tanks). Basically some guy in Wisconsin makes them out of his garage. Because the deck is so cheap, you don't pay much, and it comes with really top quality hardware. Good trucks/wheels, so if you end up not wanting to use the deck later you still have awesome trucks and didn't pay much for the deck. They are super smooth, super easy to learn on, and good at everything. They carve really nice and I took a sharp, unexpected, 90 degree turn on mine going about 32mph and it held like a champ. Its just a really good board to figure out what aspect of longboarding you want to get in to. It slides ok too.
If you do get an Original though get the S8 trucks fo sho unless you get one of the really small decks.