"No, its GNOME desktop isn't as fast as Debian's. But even
though I do have Xfce (and not the full Xubuntu) installed on this
Ubuntu laptop, I'm still using the brownish-themed GNOME that ships
with the distro.
"I'm getting used to all the GNOME-ish touches in the Nautilus
file manager and in Ubuntu/GNOME in general that makes a
full-fledged desktop environment such a nice place to work.
"On rare occasion -- maybe once every couple of weeks -- I have
a show-stopping crash in which the screen freezes and
ctrl-alt-backspace or ctrl-alt-delete don't work at all. To get
going again, I have to hard-reset the laptop. Both times I was
accessing a rather-heavy Flash-based Web application, so I blame
Flash 9 for the trouble.