I've been trying various Linux Distros since 1999 and for one reason or another (usually hardware) it's never worked right. Recently I gave VL light a shot on an old Dell Latitude CSx (P3-500, 192 MB RAM) and it picked up everything flawlessly, sound, video, the PCMCIA wireless and wired cards, the modem, etc.
Given the laptop is all but useless with Win2k or XP on it (I know, I tried) VL was refreshingly speedy on the Latitude. I really like the built-in software packagae to map Windows drives to the laptop (and that's worked like a charm)
So, greetings from a new fan of VL!