Average John & the Ubuntu Switch
So, the Booth Ubuntu Linux switchover is complete, though not completely spit-shined yet, but ... dude. This is freaking AWESOME and the overall experience has been way easier and smoother than I had anticipated.
Background: We've been a Windows family with every computer we've had, mostly for price and ease of use. Over the past year or so, I've been increasingly fed up with the constant bloating and slowing down of our computer. Yes, the memory and processing speed are well below cutting edge, but the truth is, we use the computer for pretty basic stuff: Web surfing, blogging, photos, writing. I haven't been addicted to a PC video game since the Star Wars first-person Jedi shooters finally outpaced what my machine could handle, and since last year, the Wii has been more than enough for all our gaming needs. (Okay, fine: I still really, reaaaaaaally want to play Portal, but not enough to buy a new machine to do it.)
Didn't want to buy a new PC with Windows Vista. Macs are fantastic and yes, please, I'll take four if you're buying, but price-wise, they're just not in our budget range.