Installing on PcLinuxOS would really be swimming upstream.
I prefer Mepis over Ubuntu but for emc use ubuntu. The emc kernel would ruin Mepis special qualities in any case. PcLinux has the added factor of being an rpm distro, so goodbye easy updates
How much research have you done into the ubuntu crash situation? List the solutions you've tried and you'll get more suggestions. Does any ubuntu fail or just the emc release of ubuntu?