Maybe I'm getting old but it seems amazing that you can play around with Ubuntu server running in a virtual machine running on a $400 netbook.
To tell the truth, I did add another GB of RAM to the netbook to take it up to 2GB.
Recently I've been playing with virtual machines and trying to standardise on a platform for quickly deploying software. Ubuntu server 10.04 is a "long term support" release and it looks good for my purposes (typically apache2, mod_wsgi, django, mysql).
Debian, which seems to have failed to move on from python 2.5, is no longer an option. Ubuntu is looking to the clouds and that's the right direction as far as I'm concerned.
10.04 desktop is looking really good too.
The rest of the long weekend here has been spent reading epub books on the iPad and going for walks in the autumn sun.