ITWire: Forget upgrading to Vista's eye candy, it's time to turn my back on the world of pain that is Windows and see what Ubuntu has to offer.
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As a Linux newbie I have to say the thing that has impressed me the most about Ubuntu so far is Synaptic. For those who don't know, Synaptic is an automatic installer that lets you add new software with the click of a button. It's made it very simple to install and trial various file backup applications. I've only had to access the command line a few times, and it's all been pretty straight forward. If you can drive XP, you can drive Ubuntu.
I can't turn my back on Windows completely, I need XP and Vista machines for work. I also have to admit that my Vista media centre is quite good, but only because I don't ask myuch of it.