I say it's time for the masses to look at the Linux dishes.
-No forcibly-installed shovelware/crapware/bolloxware
-No index.dat for Microsoft to look at your activities
-No "Genuine Validation" to impede you from obtaining updates
-No need to crack and keygen programs, or reformat your system every 5 months, due to plenty of very well engineered open-source programs (free stuff, in other words)
-Of course, if you want to install an OS on that gaming rig, then you'll have to go with Vista (unless you can install DirectX10 with XP, in which case I'd advise XP SP3 over Shista)
-But for that office, uni, school, etc work, Linux is the way to go. Also if it's the OS you're considering installing on a netbook, as opposed to a laptop or a PC
-Sucks less virtual memory, allows you to do shit faster, and frankly, I've grown to like the look and feel of Ubuntu better than any Windows OS. And that's only one of the many Linux OS'es
-For your HTPC (Home Theatre PC), if you're not rich enough to get those expensive TV players and ting, Mythbuntu as opposed to Media Center Edition is much better.
What say thou?