Originally posted by GeneralChaos
for ease of use id recommend fedora. It basically installs EVERYTHING you need for you just by clicking next. However this may not be the best way to learn.
I took the long route and went with slackware. Very much a pain in the ass, but im learning a hell of a lot just spending all my time in the command line. Its a long road, but seeing as this will be my career, I have to take it.
I'd have to agree with most of this. I went with Slackware because it's got so much CLI stuff. I like working at the command line and it also makes you think thru what you are doing. I also find it helps me learn what's at the heart of the system if I'm not in a GUI.
You really need to decide just what you are really looking for in an OS. Nobody can really tell you the best distro for you. But somewhere around here there was a post containing a link to a web page that helps you choose a distro.