Im not a linux guy but finally got around to upgrading to 9.10 on my linux test rig and I have to say wow! Maybe its been awhile since my last linux install (cant be more then 2-3months) but installation was actually a positive experience and overall it feels more responsive.
it's definitely quick and makes a great desktop. I just can't recommend it for the car until they push out the kernel fix for ftdi. If you don't use obdII though, you probably won't have an issue.