So after playing with the Fedora 10 preview off an external hard drive, I have gained an uncontrollable urge to *gasp* replace Ubuntu 8.10 with it. I feel kind of bad doing this since I have some unfinished business with Ubuntu, but the fact is Fedora has performed about twice as well on my computer (plus zero recurring kernel panics). I like that they aren't afraid to use the technically superior new GDM; the advantages really show.
Something that interests me is their collection of cool little adjustments. For example, when entering fullscreen mode in an application, there seems to be a little sliding animation as the title bar disappears and the window client area moves to fill the screen. It feels really smooth. With Ubuntu, the process has always been super quick but a bit flickery as the window client catches up with its resizing.
There's also a delightful fading effect when I change the wallpaper background which definitely didn't happen before.
Some other instances of unusual bounciness are things like the toolbars in some applications growing into place somehow. It's... strange.
So are these all patches applied downstream to Fedora a little bit ahead of other distros, or something with configuration?
This is also the point where you can try to talk me out of it. Don't worry, I'll still use Launchpad and run Ubuntu off my ext disk