It's probably for the best.
You could always set up a dual boot machine with vista and linux. You could use vista as your prime time OS and linux could be your "toy". That's what I was doing until one day I realized that I had everything working in linux and actually liked it better. Go figure.
Be sure to give linux a try in the future (or try a different distro now!). Things in the linux world can change a lot in a couple years time. Remember, ubuntu has only been around since October 2004...not even 3 years!