(Hence my reluctance to switch OS. L.'s played around with Ubuntu on a dual boot on his compy and had headaches. I need things to just work.)
A little thread drift...
Take a look at some other GNU/Linux distros. Yes Ubuntu is very popular and there's lots of "buzz" around it and an excellent user community. That's both a good and a bad thing. The problem is that often when folks encounter a problem with Ubuntu they assume that every Linux distro is the same.
The GNU/Linux system isn't "owned" by anyone...so that means that companies big and small, groups of online communities and even a couple of basement hackers are free to put out their own Linux distribution.
If you had the skills you could put out "Kuri's Linux"...or if a group of folks on this board had the skills and wanted to put together a GNU/Linux distro we could have "BreadnRoses Linux".
It might sound crazy at first...but many GNU/Linux distros these days actually include tools that are designed to make it ... well maybe not "easy"...but certainly "easier" for folks to put together their own GNU/Linux distro.
Putting out "Kuri's Windows" or "Kuri's MacOS" would be totally illegal!
A case in point about "distro shopping". I setup a computer lab for a senior's centre last year. I was going to install "Kubuntu"...which is basically Ubuntu using a KDE desktop instead of the "Gnome" desktop used in Ubuntu.
I had a problem with an onboard sound chip. It wouldn't work "out of the box".
So, I tested "Linux Mint". Linux Mint is a "fork" of Ubuntu (because GNU/Linux is free software you're allowed to do that). It's put together by a very small development team based in Ireland. I didn't even have to install it. I just ran it in "Live CD mode" where everything runs off the CD.
As soon as Linux Mint came up I heard the "login music"..."music to my ears"...literally!
With Linux Mint that soundchip did work out of the box...and that's what I ended up installing. It's still running flawlessly.
At other times I've found this or that distro that didn't do what I wanted them to do on this or that particular computer...so I just tried something else until I found what I wanted.