ric_man@somename:~ $ uname -a
Linux somename 2.6.24-19-generic #1 SMP Fri Jul 11 23:41:49 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
evilric@lasek ~ $ uname -a
Linux lasek 2.6.25-gentoo-r6 #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jul 21 21:58:15 EST 2008 i686 Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
Both distributions do have their strengths and weaknesses. My personal choice of system would still be a Gentoo system, but I think this in part to the amount of time I have invested in learning how to use it and configure it. My choice to introduce people to GNU/Linux, or even for people that want to get work done, is to use Ubuntu. Fortunately for us all, like IBM says, the future is open!