Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I purchased a computer just a few weeks ago - a travel laptop with a whole lot of power in a two-pound package. There was an option to get the computer with the new Windows Vista installed, so i figured I should get with the times and step up to the new operating system.
Yes, it was a mistake on my part. Nothing really works, anything I need to access is embedded in flashy but useless and counter-intuitive menus, and the things I install to get around all of Windows roadblocks end up being *removed* by Windows when it does its automatic upgrades.
The utter uselessness of my new Vista machine, combined with the week I was going to have to wait for an XP disk and the current barriers to installing the Mac OS on a non-Mac machine, convinced me to download and install Ubuntu, one of the more user-friendly versions of Linux out there.
Yes, I'm working on it right now, and it makes even the Mac OS seem like a forest of unnecessary gizmos.