Comparing Vista (or better yet "Shista") to Ubuntu is far far from comparison. I installed Ubuntu on my laptop which had Vista on it and my CPU fan doesn't work half as hard as when it did when I had Vista on this thing. I could warm my hands on the output of the fan the processor was working so hard. Linux is a big time winner and I am telling people about it more and more. I've used it long before (Linux Mandrake) but when I got this laptop I could get a distro that would accept my keyboard. Now I finally have and I'll never go back to windows. Just my 2 cents.