Thanks Jedi. Actually, at one point I was dreaming of starting my own distro and those two tutorials were part of my masterplan. The idea was to set up a distro that was designed with eye towards a well thought out user interface and making all the wonderful tools available in Linux help you get work done.
<rant> I mean, too many distros are focused on eye candy to lure in the new users...bouncing icons and spinning desktops are fun for about four minutes. I was just checking out Xubuntu and sure...a light gray centered window title on a lighter gray background looks pretty and all...but when I have 5 windows open and I'm trying to focus, I want the title on the left so I can stack the windows and I want good contrast so I can read the titles, damn it! </rant>