Comment: I didn't like Unity at first, but I prefer it now.

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I didn't like Unity at first, but I prefer it now.

It still has a LONG way to go before it's ready for prime time. However, I've converted 4 noobies to it with zero issues. They like it better than menu driven systems.

I still really like Xubuntu/XFCE though. (Debian XFCE is even snappier though it takes more work to make it pretty)

LXDE options are great for older hardware, but it isn't quite as painless out of the box as XFCE.

edit: you can turn the Amazon stuff off in Ubuntu.