I really want to like Linux. This is the 2nd time I've tried it, the first being some version of Red Hat about 8 years ago. I put Ubuntu 8.04 on my new desktop machine here. I figured it should be far easier to config than Red Hat back in the day. And it WAS. Installed easily. * Problem #1 - very distorted audio. Ubuntu correctly IDs my SoundBlaster card and I can *hear* all of the sounds, but they come through sounding like the volume is cranked up to 99% and everything is distorted. I tried turning down every slider I could find but to no avail. Several hours reading the Ubuntu forums have yet to reveal anything that will fix the audio issue. This is true for MPEGs, MP3s, WAVs, etc. * Problem #2 - In spite of the audio, I tried watching a DVD. The player loaded automatically but the DVD wouldn't play. I looked at the Online Help only to discover that DVD playback isn't available by default. I tried installing the packages the help suggested, as well as gxine, which also refused to play the DVD. Don't know where to go from here. * Problem #3 - I also had my wife try Ubuntu on her Dell laptop since XP was due for a reinstall anyway and I figured it couldn't hurt. Her sound works just fine but she's having the same DVD playback issue I am. Additionally, her Linksys wireless card isn't working. I spent a while trying to walk her through (on the phone, she's out of town) the online instructions I found for attempting to install the Windows driver in Ubuntu, but it's a huge hassle and we gave up. For now. * Challenge #1 - I'm very used to a lot of Windows programs. I've been using M$ OSes since DOS 2.0. Anyway. I was really hoping Gimp would have (very close-or-identical) interface as Photoshop, but it doesn't, and it slows me down trying to learn everything from scratch. (Incidentally, this is what I hate about Office 2007...) I also use AutoCAD, a handful of Windows games, and a few other programs for which I don't see Linux equivalents. Not sure where to go from here. I guess if there were easy instructions I could install an XP virtual machine.... would that work? Like I said, I *want* to like this. It's pretty fast, but I haven't had the opportunity to do anything to bog down the processor or memory since so far I'm doing nothing but surfing the web trying to figure out how to make things work. I'm thinking about just getting rid of this Ubuntu install and going back to XP. Suggestions / comments greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!