I'm up and running using Mint (Gnome edition).
When X crashed, I hit control alt f6 and did the update from command line. Loaded up correct driver (fglrx)
Looking over a few things before I do a complete install.
Moments away from MS freedom.
Q: How does Emerald work? I can't seem to load the themes. I can't find the "Load theme" button.
Also, can't get desktop effects to work yet. Won't enable, says missing composite extensions or something to that effect.
For right now, I'm wavering between PCLinuxOS and Mint. Both are very nice.