I left Ubuntu when Unity was first introduced because I kind of felt like a lot of my customization abilities were taken away. On top of that, on my old Toshiba Satellite the whole thing seemed to run really slow compared to earlier releases, even when I kicked it over to "Classic Gnome". I've been using Debian for the past few years with good results, and while initially I used the constant upgrades as an excuse for leaving Ubuntu, I'm thinking about coming back. I'm not particularly unhappy with Debian as far as stability goes, but there are a lot of little things about Ubuntu that just seem to make it a little more user friendly, and software updates seem to hit Ubuntu faster. I have an extra laptop I'm going to throw it on, and even after running Debian for so long, I've noticed that I really don't do that much desktop customization. I've added some shortcuts and applets to my top Gnome 2 panels, but that's about it. The next major release of Debian is going XFCE so I'm going to have to get used to not having those around anyway, so I figured give the latest Ubuntu another try.