I have a netbook – Compaq CQ-10 – which came installed with Windows XP. As this was a machine I was going to be doing limited tasks on I installed Ubuntu to see what the fuss was about. It works but … upgrading a single app without adding repositories was a pain. Adding programs that weren’t in the official repositories was a pain. And the programs I wanted – an authoring program in particular – just did not exist. There were many on Windows, some on Mac and compromises on Linux. So for want of a decent tool off Ubuntu went and back came XP with a Vista bricopack applied. It has just what I need and I’m very happy. I’ve also pared down the services to what is needed and it’s fast too – fastest OS in the house.