Check out the top distros listed at http://distrowatch.com
- these have the largest user support groups and are the most mature. There are hundreds out there.
I would personally recommend Ubuntu
if you just need to get into Linux
. I think Ubuntu's installer is better and hardware support is easier. What you should do then is start to get familiar with the terminology.
I started with a couple really small linux distros that ran off of floppy disks, then got Mandrake (now Mandriva
, both Red Hat
derivatives). Fedora is now the prominent player in the Red Hat family tree.
I moved to Slackware
and have been here ever since - there is power in its simplicity. I could also recommend OpenSuSE
, but it is about on par with Fedora with respect to sophistication that someone new to Linux does not need.