I'm also dabbling with various Linux Os's. I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 on an old laptop(Dell Inspiron 1100 1gig memory, 2.8Mhz processor. I also have Linux Mint which I do like their desktop better but whenever I install the upgrades
it locks up my laptop.
It's going to take a lot of strong arming to get me away from Win7 though. I'm finding the learning curve is easier with Windows than with Linux OS's.
I've been following the forums on various Linux os's and have been curious for years, well I finally decided to go ahead and test the waters and downloaded Umbutu. I 'm running it right next to Ms Vista. Downloading was a breeze as Linux walked me right through the install process and gave me the different options . The download took15 minutes and Bang! There it was working on my laptop,when I re-boot, I have the option of running Vista or Umbutu(how cool is that!), I can see that Linux is a completly different animal and it's gonna take me quite awhile to figure things out but so far i'm having a blast playing around with this "new toy". I'm newly retired and have plenty of time to learn so Let's Play !