My first Linux Distro: Libranet.
Distro's I've used: Libranet, Suse, Mandrake (Mandriva now), Fedora,
Ubuntu, CentOS.
My favorite thus far: ubuntu.

The first Linux version I purchase was Libranet for $15 dollars off the
Internet. My next one was Suse 6.4. I bought it from best buy. I've
never been a diehard Linux guy. Now days though my laptop runs Linux
and I install Linux anywhere it's applicable.

Server Linux wise I've had good luck with Ubuntu LTS versions. I do
simple stuff though and no heavy traffic. I don't tax any of them all
that hard.

So what about you all?