After ages dilly-dallying over replacing my existing XP operating system, I finally replaced it with Ubuntu last weekend. Though I am fairly comfortable working on Unix environments, this is my first experience with a Linux desktop. The Ubuntu community seems very active, so finding workarounds for issues has been trivial. My main reactions to a primarily smooth first week, in no particular order:
* The OS install took 15 minutes. 15 minutes!!! That was shock enough for someone used to Windows installs taking ten times that amount.
* Shutting down and rebooting the system are very quick processes in comparison, taking almost as long as it took to hibernate on Windows!