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I must admit also that the 50mb's of memory is real impressive with a Gnome desktop. I have gnome 2.14 running alone (without any other major applications) taking up ~80mb's. Not a huge difference, but still 50mb's is tight. I wonder if it makes a difference from first starting up Gnome to later on since my machine has been running all day.
At any rate, Arch has been basically the only distro I can truly get into. I don't know why but for some reason I just seem to be able to grasp it well. There's something about this distro which really just keeps me happy. It has its issues. Installation for example. Don't bother trying to install the newest version of Arch from a slightly dated livecd (.7 for example). I've only had issues fighting with it. For fair reason, but it doesn't hold the trasition well. First time installers may be a little baffled too. Once you move beyond this point though, there's something that keeps me in tune with the system for long long periods of time. I think it's the only distro, or rather, OS that I've kept installed on my system for over a couple of months at a time... closer to a year at a time or so. It's really amazing to me.