Ubuntu 8.10 was my first Linux. Didn't care much for the baby-poo brown theme, but that was easily changed. 9.04 was better but slower, and I dealt with that by using their minimal CLI install and adding LXDE. Fast and light but buggy. I played with PCLinuxOS, Slax (actually installed to the hard drive like you're not supposed to do), Mepis, Crunchbang, Debian, and Mint. I discovered Xfce on Mint 9 and became an Xfce fanboy. When Mint Xfce switched to a Debian base they lost me (and maybe a lot of others for whom the Debian base was far more troublesome than the old Ubuntu base had been). I tried a couple more Xfce distros. PCLinuxOS had a Xfce edition called Phoenix which was gorgeous but egads, talk about bloat! As slow on my old computer as Mepis (KDE) had been. Back to the 'buntu family, I ran Xubuntu happily for awhile until they added PulseAudio and a bunch of other beta software which ticked me off, but it was easily removed at the time. I've been a Xubuntu fan until just lately, with updates coming fast and furiously even in the LTS edition. Two kernel updates in a single week, now my beloved favorite distro was scaring the heck out of me. "Broken after update" is a recurring theme in the 'buntu family, but it just doesn't happen in SalixOS. Not ever. "Lurking" in these forums before joining them (just yesterday), I looked back years and never saw a single "broken after update" complaint. Reading about Slackware's legendary stability and ultra-mega-super-duper long-term support, I was turned onto Salix after reading Caitlyn's review of it and her brilliant piece on why Ubuntu is a poor standard-bearer for Linux.
So this past week I tested Salix on a computer identical to my home computer and was completely stunned at it's phenomenal speed and simplicity. SalixOS is faster on this aging hand-me-down Dell than ever before. Between the rock-solid stability and ultra-long-term support of Slackware and the ease and simplicity of Salix, I was sold and have made the switch.
I remain a completely Salixified customer!
Another totally Salixified customer!