"I personally don't like its goofy GUI, as I prefer a more traditional Gnome environment,"
Oh yes, I agree with you very much! I liked the Ubuntu DE much better. I want to fiddle around a bit with the LM one, see what I can do to make it a bit more to my liking. Being so new to Linux, I thought I was using KDE with LM, but I was told no, it was in fact Gnome (which is what I thought I wanted).
I started with Ubuntu V6.10, and had terrible mounting problems with an external ntfs drive, though those issues were gone after a clean install to V7.04. I had a weird issue with my log files filling up my "/", so could not even boot to Ubuntu. Still not sure how we got that fixed, though it might have been a bluetooth issue. I never did use bluetooth, so disabled it, deleted most of the log files, and seemed to be OK from there. Had trouble getting a DVD drive to mount properly.
One problem I have not yet looked into that I have with LM, and also with Ubuntu, is only having sound about 70% of the time I boot.
The only other thing I have come up to (so far) with LM, was I could not add a third party repository using synaptic. I had to add it to the source list, then was able to install using synaptic. Someone mentioned that may have been some strange thing about LM having an older version of the software I needed already in one of their repositories.
I am still a fair bit away from being able to say goodbye to XP. My plan for now is to boot to Linux first, then go to XP when I run into something I can't, or don't know how to do, in Linux.
I will say once again, I loved the Ubuntu DE. In fact, that was one of the things that made me want to keep working with Linux. Hmmmm, maybe I need to work harder with Ubuntu