There is no preferred Linux distribution. They are all great operating systems. I mean, it's like saying I prefer chocolate ice cream over vanilla ice cream when they both taste really good.
You can check the link that says Distro Reviews on the top right hand corner of this website and decide for yourself. In my opinion and experience both Ubuntu and Fedora have user-friendly GUI's that are great for starters and so do the other os's. They both have package-managers where you can download the available drivers you need for your adapters.
Wine is good, but in my opinion, I would use it as a last resort. I mean, it's nice 'cause you can use other Windows applications like Word Processor, Power Point, Access, etc. even play games, but if Linux supports and has the drivers for it, why use it?