Originally Posted by murrough foley
Buddy let me make myself clear, I'm looking for a distro with as few quirks as possible so that i'll have a broad understanding of linux and not just the particular distro. Now everybody has an opinion on the best and this usually is the one they have become accustomed over time. I was looking to cut through all the personall favs. You may have come across this question befor being the world weary linux guru no doubt you are. Now I don't know what your problem is but to everyone else
Download several. Install them. See which one you like. Settle on it.
Same as every other person who asked the exact same question eventually had to do.
If that's not helpful, well, just be glad there is a wide variety of distributions available, rather than "take it or leave it" Windows XP or OS X.