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First choice: Slackware. Not the easiest, but easily the best. Always works, never breaks. I started with Slackware and I'm glad I did. When you master Slackware, no other distro will ever intimidate you, because you will know how Linux works.
Second choice: Debian.
Both of them are rock-solid stable.
Slackware, despite what you may have heard, is easy to install, as long as you do your own disk partitioning--it does not automate that.
Ubuntu is okay and it is easy to setup and use, but in my opinion it's trying too hard to look like Apple.
Your question is the same as "What is the best car?" or "What is the best flavor of icecream?". Simple answer, there is no overall best. The best distro is that that you are liking. For Slackware users of course Slackware is the best. For me it is Debian, but I also like Arch.
There is only one one way to find out, which one is the best for you: Try them all. No one of us can say which is the best for you.
basically a customized Slackware 13.1 but it's 100% Slackware compatible and has many extra packages
Don't confuse it with Slackware as the difference is basically the same difference between a stock Mustang and a hopped up Mustang Cobra http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/2012mustangboss/
I wrote a blog (actually the first and only blog I have ever wrote) that uses an analogy of what I thought about in choosing a linux disto. Linuxville As a new linux user, I still have not chose "THE ONE" that will be the one for me.