My wife and I are sooo tired of Windows. We're not typical MS haters, we're just tired of slow, bloated computers. We use a lot of Adobe and MS software, but are willing to eventually wean ourselves off of Windows and are willing to do what it takes to get there. I'm fairly competent hardware-wise, but not so much software-wise. I do not know what a kernel is, if that tells you anything. I have cleared 258 GB off my hard drive in anticipation of creating a partition for Linux. OZ Unity has just finished downloading as I type this. I have looked around the forums a bit. Maybe it's because Linux is such foreign territory to me -- maybe I'm looking for the wrong things == but I seem to have a hard time finding answers to questions. I gather that the different "versions" of Linux are called "distributions" or "distos". There seem to be so many, and I was unable to determine which was the best for my purposes. I finally settled on OZ Unity (it took about 11 hrs. to download,) and the realease (I guess) that I got is called "Diamond IIB KDE". I understand that KDE is the desktop environment -- I got that much. When I Googled "install OZ Unity" I didn't get much in the way of installation tips, just places to download the files. I credit this to the general savvy of the typical Linux user. Anyway, I'm about to give it s shot. You might be seeing a lot of me in the next little while. BTW, I should mention that I did try using Ubuntu a few years back -- I was running XP, Vista and Ubuntu on one machine. I never could get the feel of Ubuntu, and it eventually corrupted my boot sector or something. I had a heck of a time getting all that straightened out. Right now I have have Vista on a 750 GB drive and another instance of Vista running on a separate 120 GB drive where I do all my desktop recording.