So I thought I’d try out Ubuntu 12.10.
I’ve heard mostly good things, but I’m weary of any GNOME 3 silliness when it comes to the desktop.
The Ubuntu installer worked well enough, even though I wanted to awkwardly install it to the blank space at the end of drive, it did this quite well. I was getting prepared to have to re-do my boot partition, but Ubuntu uses the up-to-date GRUB2 which is a wonder to get going. Unlike GRUB or LILO, GRUB2 is largely automatic and picks up the installed OS’s on my system perfectly.