Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
In the end, I can honestly say that Ubuntu seems to be worthy of much of it's hype. It really is a solid, reliable and easy to use desktop Linux. Once the installer has been simplified and if the Ubuntu team addresses the multi-media issues, it may well be worthy of all of the hype.
And I still stand by my original view that it is easily one of the best Gnome implementations I have encountered.