Originally Posted by NormanFLinux
Ubuntu is so damned restrictive ...
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
sudo apt-get install xfce4
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
An upgrade of windows cause a lot of problems. Remember that windows doesn't come with drivers, you rely on the manufacturer to supply new drivers for the new version. One of the main problems with Vista was that manufacturers refused to make drivers for hardware that they no longer sell, so if you wanted a stable Vista, you probably had to buy a new machine.
If you want good hardware support for Linux, you have to either do a lot of research before buying or get a machine from someone like System76 or ZaReason.