I had been running XP for some time, but I ended up getting a virus despite sophisticated internet security. I figured I'd upgrade to Vista and do a fresh install. The installation was easy. After everything was up and running, I noticed it ran pretty well on my system. I have a 2gig AMD 64 dual core processor. After about a week, I noticed that my computer would progessively slow down day by day. Which is funny since it hasn't gotten any more sophisticated. It just takes more memory. I have a gig of memory, but even with that, Vista was using around 68% at any given time…just to run the OS. I could use a little extra memory for my system, but why would I want to spend money to upgrade my hardware just to run the same stupid tasks? This OS takes 15 extra gigabytes of hard drive space too. 15 gigabytes can hold about 1000 mp3 files, and I'm basically subtracting it from my computer without question so I can have Vista hog it all. Now I know why Macs have been selling so well.
I don't have $1500 for a new Mac, so I put a copy of Ubuntu Linux on my computer. It took 10 minutes to install. It's just as flashy, more intuitive, and it does everything Windows can do-and it's friggin’ free. It reads all my music files, it reads all my pictures and videos. My printer works and I have Open Office. From the time it takes to boot up Vista, I can log on, off, and back on again 10 times over.