Gentoo: Gnome 2.14
I never ran the preleases, but I was hot to trot as soon as Gnome 2.14 was released. I was like a kid in a candy store. I have never run forward with such reckless abandon, but if FC5 can do it, Gentoo can do it. Seeing cool articles like the Gnome Summit slide show helped create the desire.The suspense built as we approached the release with What's New for Users. The tipping point was that FC5 and Ubuntu were waiting for it. The profiling, the slab allocator, the memory improvements. Somehow I hit the tipping point.