> Minuses > ----------------- > - installing Java Was easy for me. > - gnome desktop is *ugly*. Why do all the fonts have to be so big and all the icons take up so much space. Should I be looking at KDE? I remember that being better from experience with Red Hat Yes, Gnome in Ubu 7 is terrible. 8 is much better however. > - setting up Apache / PHP / Mysql was (ironically) easier on windows... For me it was PRECISELY the opposite--Windows is a nightmare and in Ubuntu Synaptic has a 'search by term' or something like that--I just picked LAMP and it did it all by itself. :) > - there just aren't Linux alternatives for some things, so you have to run WINE which is a passable user experience at best Again, Wine I see has a better interface in 8 then 7. But still, not as good as Windows, this is true. > Pluses > - Multiple desktops are way better than alt-tabbing through 15 running applications Definitely. :) I found Ubuntu 8 buggy, installed Debian but it's UGLY and I think it may be a headache to get my graphics card working and it has Iceweasel not Firefox. I am now downloading PCLinuxOS--supposed to be good for noobs like me. :) Thanks.