So, it took some time, but I made the switch. No longer am I tied to the issues and problems constantly surrounding Microsoft Windows. I bought a new laptop in March, 2010. It came loaded with Windows 7. After all the hype around this new OS, I thought that for sure, Microsoft had finally gotten it right. How wrong I was! So, after years and years of hearing how outstanding Linux is, I decided to try it out.
I went to www.wubi-installer.org and installed a program called WUBI. What it does, is installs UBUNTU Linux inside Windows. After that, every time you boot your computer, it gives you the option to load Windows, or Ubuntu Linux. If you don't make your choice in 10 seconds or less, it will automatically boot into your copy of Windows. That means, if you don't like the new OS, you can just load back into Windows, go to your 'add/remove software', and uninstall it. It's THAT simple. Needless to say, after about 4 hours, I was fully reformatting my laptop, to completely get rid of Windows. Yes, Linux is THAT good!
Don't get me wrong. Linux takes a little getting used to. Installing and updating as a little different than in Windows, a wee bit more technical, but as long as you read the screens before you click NEXT, you'll be well on your way.
The best part about Ubuntu, (or any Linux distribution for that matter), is: If you have a problem, and can't figure it out, there are countless forums on line that will guide you step-by-step through your solution.
Also, rest assured that if there is a program in Windows that you feel you can't live without, there is almost certainly a version for Linux. And it is generally much more secure and stable.
I'm not at all regretting my choice to make the switch. I suggest everyone check it out. You won't be sorry.
I give this operating system a 10 out of 0!