I may have found a distro for me.
Last night I picked up Linux Format again and decided to get on with installing a distro on my spare laptop, as that's what I acquired it for. So as I was reading through the magazine, I noticed that Linux Mint 10 (included on cover disc 140) was apparently loaded with media codecs. So I installed it, booted up and was greeted by an interface that seems to suit my liking without requiring a lot of fiddling.
This little distro may actually see me moving further away from Windows. The biggest downside I've had in the past is the need to fiddle to get so many things working. With Mint however, my D520 needed nothing...apart from it could do with a memory upgrade and a bigger HDD but I have those if needed.
Anybody else have a similar experience? Either recently or once upon a time.