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(as an aside - nice bike, SBK!)
The main difference, as far as I can tell, between most SSDs and conventional HDDs is the random seek time: SSDs don't have moving heads so there's no lag in jumping from one location on the disk to another. What this means in practice is that programs load quicker, especially in the case of booting from cold, because this calls data from all over the disk, so the SSD can just call it up without having to wait for the drive head to jump around the platter like on a HDD.
I've found that it's meant Ubuntu boots up in about a quarter of the time on my 10v than it did on my old Acer Inspire laptop, which is running twin faster processors (and an 80GB 5400rpm HDD). There are all sorts of benchmark tests for various SSDs, comparing them with premium HDDs like Western Digital's Velociraptor at Tom's Hardware, for example 14-Way SSD Hard Drive Roundup : Flash SSDs Compared - Review Tom's Hardware and Six New SSDs: Can Intel Be Dethroned? : SSDs for 2009: They?re New, But Are They Better? - Review Tom's Hardware
The stock SSD on Dell Mini 10vs is a Samsung, I think (I'm not sure and can't particularly be bothered to check!), which is pretty much mid-table in most of the comparisons, even perhaps a little lower than mid-table when compared to some of the fiery Intel creations. But in my experience it's still an amazing drive. I've got a decent size NAS and my Ubuntu install fits tidily inside the 8GB drive I bought with the 10v. I'm glad I chose a small fast drive instead of a big slow one!
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