It's about time that someone made a "more complete" version of Ubuntu (my favorite Distro). I will use Linux Mint from now on (hopefully you'll stick with Gnome).
I beleive that open source is better to use than proprietary, but until open source can do everything I need, I install all this stuff anyway. By the way, I like what your doing so much, I made a contribution to your cause today.
Bravo, keep up the good work!