My windows vista is giving me enough grief that I only use it in safe mode. I was going to try re-installing Vista with my original cd. But I have read suggestions of many things to save to prepare for doing so. I thought a solution might be to leave the battered Vista in place and install linux, try to see if things work correctly using Linux -- because I wonder if I may also have some hardware problem like a battery wearing down. Now on this site I see all kinds of other vocabulary like ubuntu.... and don't know if they're still talking about Linux. Any suggestions on if I might install Linux from my safemode condition, what breed of Linux to use, and how to do it? My safe mode won't let me print, or hear, or get to some links; that is, I think it's because of safe mode.