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I've used this one on live cd, USB, and now SCSI harddrive. Everything seems to work except some of the servers. I wanted Apache, SSH, and FTP servers. I did get them to work by rolling up my sleeves and hand compiling them from source the Debian way. The guts of the system is a true Debian. However, the system is lightweight, smooth, and looks really great with lots of eye candy. Compiz worked "out of the box." The launcher panel at the bottom of the screen looks and behaves like a Mac. My wireless card worked from the live cd, USB, and HD install.
It was a 20 minute install not including the time I took to partition. It boots fairly quickly. I think Gentoo and Slackware were the only systems I had boot faster.
One glitch I found was when I set up a screensaver, when I select certain ones to preview, it logged me out. Other than that, there's no complaints here.
I've gone through the gammit of distros like SUSe, Fedora, Debian, Slackware, and as a student of web design, I must say that Ubuntu has brought a level of ease to the install and update process that can't compare. If we are going to win the war against major operating system providers, we need to get the novice/average user enthusiastic about it. These folks at Ubuntu have taken strides toward this.
The fact that my graphics card does not work with extreme grahpics like beryl/Compiz does not take away from Ubuntu, but rather, it takes away from ATI. They have not provided an open source driver for this card to us *nixers.
I use a Toshiba Satellite A215-7428, 2Gigs-RAM, ATI R1200 grahpics. It's as fast as a rocket on everything except high level grahpics.
It was easy to install. I keep the live cd around to play jokes on my Windows friends(boot from cd watch them freak out-LOL)It's a Debian product. It's got some great defaults and I was able to use wireless 802.11 g while in live cd. I may upgrade to kernel 2.16.18 so that would be the only reason I would uninstall this one.
Other distros used:
Suse 10.0, Fedora FC4, Damn Small, Slax, Ubuntu.