I for one am very avid about using the best availible software for computers that actually works, can keep up with the hardware, and is secure.
These are reasons why i will never use any microsoft products and dont let anyone i know use it.
Try fedora core 3.
I just got a 78 year old woman using it yesterday happily and my 49 eyar old mom and 35 year old brother who has never used a computer before. ITs an easy os. It's secure, never needs defragmenting, can not be feasibly hacked, no spyware of viruses, fully compatable with almost all winblowz applications and games and generally runs them FASTER than on windows. Especially games. The only game I have found to not work (yet) is halo for pc. A microsoft game. Suprise suprise.
Anyone wants any help msg me at LanceGates(aim)
For screenshots of linux in action and what you can do with the user interface check out http://www.lynucs.org/
To see what my tri-screen desktop looks like check out...
Linux runs faster on 32 bit machines than windows by far and for amd64 machines ther is no alternative. Microsoft has no 64 bit support. Linux has had it for years . 128 bit even for servers.
Anyone get back to me if you want to try a real os!