Friends, I am in a quandary. Sitting unplugged under the sideboard of my desk is an old PC. It is an Alienware, Area-51 gamers machine that when new, was the cats meow. I have not used it in any meaningful manner in at least two years. (I am not a gamer, but this was a super machine when new!)
I vowed that when Vista finally came out, I would upgrade the OS from XP and try it out again. I bought a version of Vista and tried to load it up only to find out that it was incompatible with my hardware. I believe that my shortcoming, or at least one of my shortcomings, is the video card. This is an 1.8GHz machine (same as my newer Mac G5) so it should still have some life left in it.
It was last hooked up to the internet when I was trying to load Vista. I don't know how many service packs and critical updates that I am behind, but the thing set there for several hours hooked up to Microsoft trying to identify what updates that I needed before I got disgusted and turned it off.
I know nothing about Linux but I have read that it is a great OS and that perhaps I can move my machine from Windows to Linux. I know even less about the versions of Linux than I do Windows. I wish I could put Mac OS 10.5 on it! I have several expensive software packages including the Office Suite for the machine. I would enjoy hearing your recommendations. Sell it, change it to Linux box, upgrade the hardware to support Vista, doorstop, etc. (Missus has suggested flower planter...)