Might be lenghty.
My first post here, I am new!
Like some others posting in this thread I too am a fairly recent convert from the world of windows. And I switched too due to Vista. I had decided to try installing it as I was due for a reformat anyways. I installed it on my main PC(I also have a HTPC in the basement, will get back to that in a moment). At first I was kinda impressed by the fancy graphics and such but quickly grew bored with them and also how slow the whole system would run(on a P4 2.53ghz w/ 1 gig ram and ATI 9700 so not too bad a system). I began noticing alot of programs running like utter crap, Media Player and iTunes seemed to conflict and the tags were overwriting each other making my large music collection into a convoluted mess. I was really getting fed up with the Windows world and had always wanted to run Linux but hadn't really looked into it for quite a few years.
So I went ahead and started researching a bit, came across some youtube videos of Compiz and thought even though not that useful that they were pretty neat. I began seeing alot about Ubuntu so decided to give it a whirl. I ran the LiveCD and let it boot up, everything seemed to work more or less so I decided to install it as a dual boot system(with Vista). Once I got everything setup I began learning all I could about Linux and the command line(brought me back to my old DOS days), loving the command line, use it quite a bit even though I don't need to. I haven't even looked back at Windows and only booted into it if I needed something that I couldn't run in Linux which was only one thing(a Satellite program). But I only needed that once or twice. So basically I have been windows free on my main PC for a few months now and am loving every minute of it. I am still on Ubuntu at home at the moment. I used this setup just to see what I like and don't like and have installed and removed lots of packages. Went from gnome to kde and prefer KDE. My system is in a bit of a shamble from going back and forth and such so I began to look for a new distro for my fresh install. I wanted something Gentoo based but without the really lengthy install and this brought me here!! I have downloaded and burned both the Full DVD 3.3 as well as the MiniCD 3.3. I played around with them at work on my Laptop and have settled on the Mini version for my desktop at home. Planning to install at some point this weekend hopefully if all goes well.
I mentioned I have a HTPC as well. Well that too was running Windows albeit XP. I have an ATSC(OTA HD) and a DVB-S(Satellite) installed in the system along with an nVidia card, it's an AMD based system. I was using a combination of SageTV and MyTheatre(both costing $$$$$). Well it worked fairly well I had quite a few BSOD's and hard lock situations which pissed of the girlfriend to no end. It doesn't bother me so much but really aggravated her. My initial plan with this system was to be a MythTV based system and I originally tried that route but having never run Linux I was in over my head so I settled for the windows based setup. Fast forward 1 year and I had been running Ubuntu on my desktop for a month or so and felt pretty comfortable with Linux now so I took another shot at installing it on my HTPC with MythTV. I ran into a few problems along the way but got some help by searching forums and such and managed to get it all setup and working and it has been running beautifully for about a month and a half or so now. I am very happy with the setup and the girlfriend loves it too, especally the autoskipping of commercials when watching recordings.
So basically I am windows free now for the most part and am on the verge of installing Sabayon on my main rig. I will be leaving Ubuntu on the HTPC as it is working beautifully and is a very minimal install(I used the alternate install disk and installed everything I needed by hand from the termial) with OpenBox as the window manager and this is a dedicated HTPC with nothing else running. I may switch it to Gentoo somewhere down the line but for now it is working well and I will leave it be. I do still have a windows install on both machines but never need to boot into them and contemplate just removing them altogether.
My conclusion Vista sux!!