Hassle free networking with windows. On first boot, i click the Local Network icon on my desktop and, boom, there's my Window workgroup and Samba shares. Big bonus for the seamless Samba integration. It picked the right modules for my onboard sound first time, which no distro has ever done for me. Crazy onboard Ensoniq audio, when i could get it to work at all, it was always a PITA. 8.2 got me interested, 9.0 is just what i'd wished 8.2 was.