General recommendations about selecting Linux version

I am buying a new PC. In addition to Windows, I'd like to install Linux. Which version of Linux (Corel, RedHat,...) would you recommend? I am not much of a hacker so I don't want to spend too much time setting Linux up. Which version is theeasiest to customize? Also, which one is considered the most reliable?
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jlevieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Which Linux is best and most reliable is pretty much a religious question. My personal preference would be RedHat or Caldera, but someone else is likely to select Mandrake of Corel (and have just as valid a justification for their choice as I would have for mine).

Amoung the major packaged versions there's not a lot of difference from an ordinary users's stand point. What's a lot more important from an ease of setup and use is the hardware its running on. A system that only has hardware on the Hardware Compatability List (HCL) from the Linux vendor is going to be a lot easier to get working. Furthermore, avoiding the "latest & greatest" and using only parts that have been around a while is more likely to result in a well performing and reliable system. Drivers for those devices are less likely to have bugs.

    Despite Windows and Linux, you might want to check out Sun promotion for it's Solaris for x86 machine.  If you happens to be hanging around Sun Workstation, then you might want to check it out.  The price is relatively cheap, and very easy to configure.  

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