Quote Originally Posted by prusswan View Post
If you really must suffer the experience, go with Windows 7 at least.

Windows 7 is not terribly bad - the best of the Windows OSes IMO.
It runs fairly stable, and is not so resource-heavy (compared to Vista - compared to Ubuntu it is of course resource heavy).
What you always have with Windows is that it is BIG - at least 15 GB for the finished (64bit) install...