Last Saturday, I got a fully running Ubuntu 8.04.1 system on my Thinkpad T60. Everything is working out of the box including WiFi which was an issue with some other distros. Vu, a fellow Vietnamese Linux geek, got scim running so I can type Vietnamese fonts. I want to remaster Ubuntu with Vietnamese language support for some of my students and future staff.
What is nice about Ubuntu is that it is one of the few distros that contains precompiled software that others may not. For example, I can easily install Phatch, Twitux and Pencil with Ubuntu (and Linux Mint as well) that I could not with Arch unless I used a different repository. Yeah, I probably could compile these programs in both Arch and Gentoo but in this case, I wanted things to be done easier.
Yeah, I am trying to be more positive with Ubuntu being one of their more vocal critiques here in Vietnam. My personal belief is that Ubuntu users tend to take more then they give back to the Debian and open source community in general. Yet, I am having a good experience with Hardy Heron at the moment on my notebook (as I am with Arch Linux on my desktop).
I think Ubuntu will be a keeper on my Thinkpad. One reason why, I can watch my Japanese anime on my Thinkpad again 🙂