From what I’ve heard so far, Windows Vista, the planned successor to WinXP, is objectionable on moral grounds as it instantiates “DRM” and thus cripples your computer. But for those not entranced by arguments that having other people able to decide what your computer can do is a bad idea, here’s a more practical concern: Vista set to swallow 800MB of RAM. That’s just for the OS. Wait until you see how bloated the programs are.
Last week we installed SuSE on an Pentium II/400 we had gathering dust. So far it works great, although KDE is no speed demon with the limited RAM and tired old graphics card card on that one.
The next step is to turn a couple of the newer, faster XP machines into dual boot systems. Perhaps by the time Vista becomes a standard the whole family can be weaned onto some flavor of Linux?