I recently decided to set up a small home studio in order for my band to be a bit more independent. Right now I'm searching for the right software.

I want to use a dedicated Linux Distro for that purpose. However I'm not sure which one to choose. I have experience with both Ubuntu and openSuSE, so thought about Ubuntu Studio or JAD.

Which one would You suggest? Which one is better/easier to use/more fluffy?

And BTW. can anybody suggest a good laptop sound card suitable for music editing that would be well supported under either of those distros?