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First off, I was very surprised with Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy! I always thought that Ubuntu had a name sort of like a newbie distro would have, so I always tried to avoid it..
One day I got tired of using RedHat (had used RH 3-9, FC 1-4, and RHEL 2 -4). I basically was getting tired of having to dig up rpms from the net that weren't supported by redhat, and I hated the dephell I had to go through when compiling from source, face it, with redhat a lot of software can't be found in rpm form!
Well I was thinking about going back to Debian, but I got to reading reviews and wiki on Ubuntu. Ubuntu is Debian based, but in my opinion it has better options in the repositories. The software is more bleeding edge, but it at least seems stable.
The installation program went very smooth, and surprisingly fast compared to a RH based install. All of my hardware was configured properly with an exception of my Veo Stingray Webcam, that wasn't a big deal.. I just compiled the spca50x driver, and modprobed it.
One problem that doesn't concern me, which may be fixed when the final CDs ship, is the installation requires internet to download some final packages. If someone uses dialup, or has a NIC that isnt supported by the install method, they might have a failure at installing.
Another problem I had was with XFCE4 desktop. I installed xfce4 from the repository, logged in, and got xfce4 working good, all the sudden my right click menu for apps quit working. I tried to log out and back in, no success, which put me back over to gnome rather quickly. If xfce4 wouldn't have done this, I would probably choose it as my prefered desktop environment, but until it gets fixed you will see me using Gnome.
My reccommendations, would be to at least wait until October 13th 2005, for 5.10 to be finalized if you want a full time OS, but if you can't wait and would like to test the preview of it, it does indeed seem very stable, and I would definately recommend it over any other distro I have used, even RH as long as I used it! Ubuntu Breezy 5.10 gets a 9 out of 10 from me!