I have an HP M7760 Personal Media PC with 2.16 GHz dual core, 4 GB RAM and 2x250 GB drives. I also have a 300GB and a 750GB removeable Personal Media Drive (PMD). It is basically an internal/removeable USB drive. I use Vista Ultimate for work but with literally thousands of programs loaded it has gotten a bit finicky and noticeably slower. I use diskeeper to keep the disks defragged and I manage my registry but still have performance/boot/shut down issues.
So, I decided to set up a dual boot with Ubuntu GG. The HP has a 6GB partition on drive C: that housed the original Vista install product. I have since upgraded to Ultimate so I had this space that I could use. I cleaned it out and partitioned it into 2x3GB partitions - one for Linux and one for Linux swap. That was a real chore because the partition seems to be non-standard and I couldn't enlarge it, for example. those 2 partitions are sda2 and sda3. I changed the Windows MBR to allow boot to Linux and then the grub loader to allow a choice between Linux, restore, and memcheck. It works flawlessly and I have quickly grown to love Linux, the included and available apps, the price and best of all the cooperation among users, developers, and such.
I have 2 remianing issues for now. I have trouble with my Logitech Webcam Ultravision, particularly with aMSN. I do have it working with Luvcview finally but that was a chore also and it still doesn't work with aMSN.. The second issue is that my 300GB PMD isn't consistently recognised by Linux. (I have posted on the beginners forum for this issue)I have to remove it and reinsert it before it is recognised (most of the time). I also had to use the Windows "Remove Safely" routine that I admit to not being careful about. Vista doesn't seem to care as long as you aren't accessing the drive when you go to remove it.
So, that is my experience in a nutshell. If anyone has any thoughts about the wEBCAM OR THE pmd i AM ALL EARS.