I'll start this off by saying I have xp configured the way I like it but their recent Vista DRM crap really puts a sour taste in my mouth and would like to go linux. I use my computer for basic text editting, watching 'videos', internet, playing games (infrequently) and listening to mp3's. I like my computer to look clean. Questions for you that have Ubuntu: What are the startup and shutdown times relative to xp? Is it a pain to setup and maintain? fyi: I work with computers at my job and don't want to spend all my free time fixing my home pc.... Thanks..