A pretty good review from IT Toolbox looks at a whole bunch of Linuxes on a good smattering of hardware. Reviewer Mike Kavis really likes Ubuntu and Kubuntu — because they work. He also has good things to say about Mepis and PCLinuxOS, and not-so-good things about Fedora and OpenSUSE.
I agree, for the most part. I’ve never been a big Kubuntu fan. If I’m going to use KDE, I want it to be really KDE-like. That means Slackware or Debian … or SimplyMepis if I had a whole lot of power (Mepis is simply slow, in my tests). Mike, however, considers Mepis to be faster than Vista. I don’t know what that says about Vista … or Mepis.
Maybe it’s time for another try at SimplyMepis on my Gateway laptop. But Debian Etch and Ubuntu Gutsy are running so well, I’m loathe to tinker with success.