That said, I can definitely understand why some people dislike Vista so much while others don't really seem to notice. There are several things I have no idea how to do yet, and it could drive me mildly insane over time. (For example, how to change basic things like global directory viewing preferences or start menu editing.) Basically, there's a definite learning curve to it. However, I will admit it's a pretty-looking OS and I do like the sidebar that they brought in, but I don't like how the sidebar takes up the entire column of space and can't be a partial space. (Or at least, I haven't figured out how to trim it if it can be.) I was also a bit sad when I discovered Vista Business has *no* games installed whatsoever. Okay, I guess technically you're not supposed to be playing games on a business machine, but I liked the games like Spider Solitaire or what have you. They were nice, brainless distractions for a few minutes when you needed it. Add to that that not everyone who buys a system with business is going to use it for work... *sigh*
One thing's for sure, once Mokkun's up and running, I'll be looking for a Canadian reseller for the Compal and ordering it again with XP. As much as I can work with Vista right now, it isn't striking me as being ready for me to use fulltime yet; there are still a number of bugs and it's an incredible resource hog.
Which reminds me, this might be a Vista issue, but for those people who are on Vista and use Firefox, is it me, or is MS hamstringing Firefox? I'm not getting the search suggestions when typing in searches on Mokkun for some reason. I don't usually use that feature, but it's a bit conspicuous in its absence. Otherwise, so far, I've had a couple of incompatibilities and had to re-install Firefox after something ate it, but no BSODs yet.
Here's to hoping the rest of the setup goes smoothly and painlessly. >.<;