I'm a Red Hat / Fedora guy, myself (and everyone at work are Debian people, so I get no end of ****.
), but I agree with everyone else that Ubuntu is kind of "easy-mode" Linux; it endeavors to be the best, easiest, fastest to setup, as a Windows replacement.
However, as you get the hang of it, if you're going to be running multiple clients you may want to look into lighter-weight remixes of Ubuntu. Specifically, Xubuntu or Lubuntu (Is that the LXDE version?), which use XFCE and LXDE respectively. Both of those are much lighter-weight windows managers than Gnome, the default Ubuntu window manager. Using those may sacrifice some eye candy, but it will free up resources to hopefully speed up the Eve clients.
Generally, though, replacing your window manager may be a bit tricky. But I've always been a fan of breaking things in order to find out better how they work. ;)