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I think that having paid for Vista is not a reason to keep it or use it. It's just another reason to hate it :-). And since you already hate Vista, I think you could go for "total immersion" and install Linux only. That was the way I learned the most linux (that was also the way I finally learned French: no more translations from friends). "Total immersion" is the fastest way. Surely, it can be frustrating sometimes, but it works.
I would recommend (*)Ubuntu, but only because I know it better. If you have a friend that knows SuSE, then it may be good for you to go with SuSE and then you can ask him for help if you need it (not saying you cannot ask here also).
(1) It copies Linux security arrangement by demanding the admin (root in Linux) password if a regular user touches a system file.
(2) It introduced 3D desktop similar to Linux
(3) It is the first MS WIndows trying to survive without being fed with drivers.
(4) It mimics Linux desktop and makes many think it is a Ubuntu.
(5) It now has a resizer program like Linux to alter the partition size.
I have said it before and still believe it. If Windoze were murdered one day one of the weapons stabbed into its heart would be a Linux Live CD.
You're right, Vista is one of the better operating systems Windows has put out in some regards, but it is still a big, slow, resource intensive pig (it needs 2GB of memory to even run smooth and boot up in any sort of timely manner) and it doesn't allow flexibility or options anywhere near what Linux offers.
But, as much as I rag on it, I am interested in testing out Vista Ultimate as I believe it is probably based on the same general system as XP Pro, so it would probably run pretty well, if you have the right hardware.
Distribution: Debian. (Formerly Slackware, Gentoo, RHEL, and Suse)
Originally Posted by saikee
why destroy something that cost money
Because it sucks? Initial cost does not automatically produce value in keeping something.
Originally Posted by saikee
If Vista is nuked how can we know Linux is good when there isn't something inferior to compare with?
LOL. The thread starter already knows it's garbage. We can at least compare apples with apples. XP SP2 is the benchmark desktop OS while Vista is a joke. I'm sure they will fix it up, but if you have any number of years behind you, you will know that Microsoft alpha tests against beta testers and beta tests RTM versions .