Dang, I didn't even realize I'd been in the know about Ubuntu for an entire year already! I didn't start using it alone until January of this year, though. And before that I had a dual boot, but mainly used XP.
So, I was surprised to notice that I had signed up for this forum a year ago. Huh.... Go Figure!
Cheers, everyone! I love my Ubuntu and see no need to pay $$$ for any other operating system. I love the philosphy of opensource and the extremely helpful community it creates!