Best/Easiest is not clear to me for a distribution so I will try to be more specific
People have asked what is the easiest distribution. What is easy for one person may not be easy for another so I will try to ask this a different way.
I have a 486 machine with an Intel chip and have installed Redhat6.1 in the past. I followed all the steps exactly as they were specified in the installation guide and some things didn't work. I had to find other peoples experiences on the web to get them working. To me that is not easy.
Being that I was hacked recently and have to do things from scratch I would like to achieve the least pain. To me that is defined as having a distribution that:
1. If I follow the written instructions exactly as written my machine will work
2. By work I mean run the operating system run PHP, run Apache, run Oracle.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.