Well, before I started to download another dist I decided to have another go with Ubuntu. After testing with some resolution settings I was able to get through the install process.
During installation Ubuntu recognized and configured ALL of my hardware correctly - even the NIC which no Windows version (I've used them all) was ever able to do with this particular card.
After completing the install the system advised me that there were several (91 actually) software updates available and proceeded to download and install them all flawlessly. Things were looking good.
I had a quick look around the menus and came across Rythmbox Music Player - fired it up and in less than 30 seconds was listening to some music on internet radio. This is getting interesting I thought.
Next I started up Firefox and tested a few websites....hmmm is it just me or does any internet application seem to work much faster than they do in Windows? Downloaded some custom wallpapers and Firefox themes and proceeded to customize my desktop a bit.
Okay, it was time to have a look at the home network. Now, I've only dabbled with the settings a little but this is what I've achieved so far: Ubuntu can see both of my other computers (1 Vista Ultimate, 2 XP). I can access all of the files on the XP machine straight off the bat. I can also see the Vista box but cannot open/access any files. As I said, I've only had a quick look at networking but it seems all good to go with a few more tweaks.
Anyway, enough of this spiele...I'll get to the point: I'm impressed. Very much so. In fact I think from now on I will always have a Linux box or at least dual boot. I'm really liking my new toy
I can't wait to try one of my MMO's on Ubuntu. For anyone interested the name is Regnum Online... http://www.regnumonline.com.ar/index.php?l=1
This game is pretty cool for killing some time and supports Linux. Give it a try!
Thanks to all for your input, it's much appreciated.
ps. one more quick thing: hrp2171 the reason I chose Text Install is because it's at the top of the menu list =x