You could also get a dvd player for pc. (might save you some headaches if you want to keep trying new distros.)
I get Linux Format magazine from my local Borders books. The mag comes in cd or dvd version contained distros and new apps..etc.
Good luck with whatever you decide....
There are other distros that you can download with a 56k modem..
But, the are very minimal in nature and not as newb friendly...DSL, PUPPY...etc. (I know this is a SUSE thread so I will shut up now..)