The choice of one's first Linux distribution is important, I started with Debian almost 20 years ago, because my friends who introduced me to Linux ran Debian, and they still do.
The reality is, that the best Linux distribution depends on a number of factors, some of them quite personal. I tend to favour Fedora over Ubuntu, as I have found it easier to use, it tends to have more up-to-date packages and Red Hat contributes considerably more to Linux and upstream packages.
The following is from a good article getting started with Linux, regardless, of what distribution you choose to use, as many of the comments apply directly to other distributions or with only minor changes.
Fedora is a great choice of distribution to start with. It's easy to install and just as easy to use. It's one of the most well-respected distributions available, and has a very tight relationship with its parent and chief sponsor, Red Hat.
With Fedora, you have access to one of the largest communities in the world of Linux, and one of the the biggest selections of software to play with.
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