Howdy all. I'm a moderate Linux user and I must say this distro is teriffic. I got an old notebook computer (HP, 14.1", 700 mhz, 384 mb RAM, 20 Gb HD, WiFi card, Win xp) and I wanted to put some gnu-linux on it.
I have an older Desktop system with Debian on it. I just happens that Debian has a brand new (Lenny) distribution out. I've long respected Debian, so I gave it first chance. Used a Net Install CD, went okay, made 12 Gig Win / 6 Gig Linux / Swap. Well, wireless worked, laptop functions (closing lid, reading battery) worked. But I couldn't get above 800x600 and the sound system was broken. I fought it for a couple of evenings, but as far as I can tell I would have to get / compile a new kernel or something so... No, thanks.
I moved to SUSE which I've also used and have respect for. Again, I used a Net Install CD because I read that I could choose KDE 3.5 and/or Xfce. So that's what I did. All day. Talk about slow. I installed / waited / updated / waited from about 9 am until 2 pm. What I got was Gnome! I found that I was able to switch to KDE and Xfce at boot, but... I have only 6 Gigs to use and I *specifically* didn't choose Gnome. Dare I say: confused?! The installer looked beautiful and professional, though, so that's something. Anyhow, wireless worked (yes!), 1024x768 (yes!), laptop functions worked (yes!), sound system kinda' worked, but terribly and "ick"ily (no!!!). Wouldn't play an Ogg, wouldn't play online audio, heck- wouldn't even play a CD in the CD drive.
Let's see, needed to try another distro. Well, I tried Linux Mint once in a Virtual Box and it seemed good, Debian based, with codecs & settings, nice artwork / packaging...
You know the rest of the story: Downloaded the Xfce CD, install was painless and (relatively) short, wireless works, laptop suspends, websites work, 1024x768, online sound works, plays CDs just fine, thank you. Nice. Just beautiful. One small oddity that I found: the "about xfce" menu says "Xubuntu team is http..." - Xubuntu? Kind of funny. LINUX-MINT TEAM: you've done a marvelous job.
Now the question remains: Will I get to work with this thing or am I just going to play around, distro hop, customize desktops, etc?