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USE and LEARN. the question is are you interested in linux and want to LEARN about it then use the distros viron suggested. if you don't want to mess around with linux just USE it without bothering too much about it then choose those. in other words, ubuntu, suse, redhat are easy to use linuxes but they try to hide as much detsail from the user as possibile whereas slackware, gentoo and especially LFS (linux from scratch) are not so easy to use for a beginner...
there is no best distro. i personally recommend the LEARN linuxes . but have it your way...
asking which nix distro is the best is like asking "what is your favorite food", everyone is going to have a different opinion.
As for your question, I really would try Ubuntu. Its user friendly and its has a loot of online support. Not only that but there is a repo called medibuntu (check out the website www.medibuntu.org) that has all the media stuff you will need. It will even tell you how to add their repository.
Hah, you used my reference to food in a different context.
Anyway, like I said and a few others did, it really depends on your personal preference.
Linux distros aren't one size fits all like Windows (or none, depending on how you look at it :P)
To get something up quick, try out Fedora and Ubuntu, but don't just download those and settle. Try out all the distros you can get your hands on...