so, updated: after about 2.5 years of twidling my thumbs and playing with different incarnations of xp and vista, i took the plunge last night. installed teh ubuntu. i like it so far. some things are difficult to grasp. the command line procedures are not that intuitive. i am still learning that stuff. i can't seem to get my webcam to work. but that's not a huge deal.
i installed the 64bit version of ubuntu. that has created a problem with installing flash player. i do have a friend that is a unix admin, and he's been helping me through some of this stuff. without him i would have been totally lost.
but i'm having fun tinkering.
because, i know you're all so interested. i would have updated the moonblog, but that somehow got disappeared.