My feelings for Ubuntu have run hot and cold since I
first discovered the "Linux for human beings"-nicknamed
reimagination of Debian during the Dapper (6.06) era.
"I've had Ubuntu be the best distro on a given computer,
sometimes it won't even boot, I've had terrible trouble with Intel
video, and upgrade-delivered changes have forced me to rewrite
scripts on the fly. OK, it's mostly Intel video, which for any user
of Xorg over the past 2+ years has been an absolute nightmare.
"And lately I've thrown another wrinkle into the mix: I fixed my
Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 (circa 2001) laptop's dead sound with a
sub-$3 USB Headphone Set sound module from DealExtreme.com. In
Debian Lenny I managed to configure it to play all sounds except
system sounds and Flash sound. That means audio and video files
will play, but the system beeps and bleeps and any sound from Flash
video or audio can't be heard. I can even record via the USB sound
module I got for a couple bucks and change (shipping included).