From my understanding of Linux, all distros are are just a bunch of pre-packaged packages. In theory, couldn't I start with Ubuntu and eventually turn it into something similar to #! only by installing/uninstalling packages?
The reason I ask is that I'm new to Linux. I'm looking to pick a distribution that I can use for both my desktop and laptop. I like the way it looks, but some people have told me that if you don't know exactly what you need/want to pick Ubuntu. However, I've been looking at the posts here and a lot of the screen shots that I like are Arch/#!. I'm willing to do a bunch of research, and I feel that I might even learn to use Linux better with something other than Ubuntu?