I purchased a cheap laptop a few months ago from Best Buy, basically because the deal was too good to pass up. It came with Vista Basic, but I decided to install Ubuntu on it as another option, seeing how slow Vista runs with only 512MB of RAM. Man, what a beating!!! I mean, I like Ubuntu for the most part, but networking is a nightmare. Still to this day I can’t successfully or easily connect to networks (wired or wireless). I’ve spent countless hours reading forums and help documents, trying to find the magic bullet, but I’m about done. It’s a shame too, because so many parts of Ubuntu are superior to Windoze. For all the complaints you hear about Windows, they have definitely done some good things.
Maybe in another year, Ubuntu will be ready for mass market. I suppose I’ll keep it installed, but I think I’ll change by grub settings to default to Vista now (and look for some deals on memory).