Ubuntu is your friend
I’ve often said that if I switched from Windows it wouldn’t be to a Mac. Not that there is anything *wrong* with a Mac, unless you count the numerous Mac fanboys out there.
I downloaded and burned a live linux cd to repartition the harddrive on my Dell notebook. Once I took care of that I installed Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu’s Gnome interface is really nice. I really enjoyed downloading and experiment with different themes. My current interface is cross between tradtional Linux, Vista and a Mac. When boot in to Windows XP I’m kinda disappointed with how plain it looks.
There are little widgets that run in one of the panels that tell me the temperature or allow to me to write sticky notes. That is a nice touch.
One really great thing about Ubuntu is all the free software. When I go in to add/remove programs I can pick and choose from dozens upon dozens of programs. I pick the ones I want, they download and install. Updating existing software is just as easy.
I’m going to have to wait and see how much of my work and play life I can do in Ubuntu. If I am going to sit down and browse, or write I do it in Linux.