Which version of Linux?

I have never used Linux, I dont know what to expect from Linux, but I want to try it. I have a system I want to load it on but my question is. What version? And while you are at it, any pointers would be awesome. 

I've been using Sabayon pretty successfully on my laptop. I don't know if it's necessarily a "beginner distro," but I don't have much Linux experience to begin with. Installation is pretty straightforward.


What made you pick Sabayon?

For one, I wanted to eventually switch over to arch or gentoo, and as I had already had some experience with arch and manjaro, I decided to go with Sabayon as it's based on gentoo.

Also, Zoltan wrote this post which seemed to cast it in a very favorable light, and I'll admit that influenced me quite a bit.