As of today I've made the move to switch over my home desktop to Ubuntu linux. I toyed around for a few weeks dual booting between Ubuntu and XP and found myself booting less and less often into my Windows environment with each passing day. I took the files I needed off my Windows install and nuked the drive.
Vista appearing to be nothing but a colossal train wreck prompted me to give linux a fresh try. Frankly, what I've seen from Vista makes me want to puke. I've tried the beta candidate on a test bed system I built and another off the shelf system that's 'Vista Ready.' The installation on each was horrid. I was unable to get Vista working in any capacity on my home built system, and after 3 tries it took on the 'Vista Ready' machine. Unimpressive is the only way I can discribe Vista. It's bloated, sluggish, a terrible resource hog and loaded with DRM content protection. Toss in WGA bullshit and I came to the conclusion that there was no way I would let this run on my home system.
I still, however, wanted a system running on and OS that's going to continue to be developed & cutting edge. Since Microsoft presented me with no viable options beyond continuing to run an old XP install that is already long in the tooth, I fired up Ubuntu.
I had tinkered around with Linux in one capacity or another at home for years, but had different hardware & software problems each time that kept me coming back to Windows. This wasn't the case with Ubuntu. My hardware was 100% functional out of the box. The OS is light, fast and impressive. I hit up their outstanding community forums and found easy answers to help me setup my old software the way I liked it. Gangbusters. I know it sounds like a cheesy commercial, but I really like what they've put together.