There's a computer at work that is a little bit slower than my home computer. The CPU isn't much slower, but there's a lot less RAM.
I've noticed that while coding, the system was eating up a lot of memory. A lot of it was coming from GNOME itself, and compiz. So I installed the xubuntu-desktop package and am now trying out XFCE.
It's blazing fast! Runs really well. There are a lot less features than in GNOME which is expected, but everything is very clean.
The one thing that really surprised me is that the default Xubuntu look is a bit cooler than the default Ubuntu look. I kinda liked it and didn't even bother changing it!
So if you have an older PC that you would like to stick Ubuntu on (maybe your grandma's, I know how much Linux users love to do this), the Xubuntu is definitely something worth checking out. Be careful though, I think the system requirements for Windows XP are still lower than Xubuntu, so you might actually be making their computer slower by sticking Linux on it.
On another note, I hate to put ads on my blog, but if anybody knows a good Rubyist in Montreal (or a good web developer willing to learn Ruby), let me know. I'm looking for someone to join my team.