Last month I installed Ubuntu on an old laptop, and it worked great for me. Better than expected, by a decent margin. I don’t like the orange theme. Heresy, I know. I LOVE orange, burnt orange is one of my favorite colors. But the no matter what I tried, I could not get Gnome to look the way that I wanted. So, I tried Kubuntu. I have to say that KDE 4.1 looks fantastic, but I had trouble getting it to work the way I wanted it to. So, I looked for other distros to use with Gnome and settled on openSUSE. It works great, the system is fast and responsive and everything works. Plus, I like the green. I’m sticking with openSUSE on my spare laptop, for now anyway.