First off I was looking at the threads on here and a lot of people recommend Ubuntu for first time linux newbs. I was looking at what was offered and wondering what is the main difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu? Which would be best for me to start with? Secondly I read a couple threads about how Ubuntu defaults to a dual boot allowing you to run both xp and linux at the same time with no adverse effects. Assuming this is true then I have no problem trying it, but I rely completely on my laptop for day to day life. I take notes in law school with, take my exams on it, pay bills/loans on it, so if there's any chance I won't be able to run XP uninterrupted with dual operating systems then I'll be very leery to try it out. Is it as stable as some people on here have claimed?