Well it's completely free open source software for a start. You can either download the iso image at Ubuntu's website Free Ubuntu Linux here: OR if you haven't got broadband (and you'll need it if you intend downloading the 700mb iso file!) then they'll even post you a completely free CD of the latest OS version (Feisty Fawn 7.04). Now how's THAT for service! I note that Dell now offer Ubuntu Linux as an alternative operating system to Microsoft on certain of their products which speaks volumes as to the capabilities of this OS! I myself have just successfully installed it on an ancient PII Dell Latitude laptop with only a 6gb hard drive and 256mb of RAM. Now I'd like to see anyone try and run Vista on THAT spec of machine! OK, so it ain't Vista and I'm certainly not suggesting that it can do all the things the Microsoft product can......................but you might just be pleasantly surprised at exactly what it CAN do......................so why not give it a go? It's completely free and it'll even run from the free CD giving you a chance to demo it before you decide to install it to your hard drive or not. Comes with free Office suite (Open Office) and free image manipulating software (The gimp) Runs on PC or MAC too! Free is good! BigFreeWillie P.S. I'm not a computer nerd and have very limited knowledge of computers but I have found Ubuntu Linux to be FAR the most user friendly version of Linux yet...........................if a dope like me can run it then so can anyone!