I got an old laptop running P4 and 384rams. I use it for school so all i need is web browser, pdf reader/editor, firewall & antivirus, and ms word. Im currently no xp sp2 but am willing to try whatever that can speed up boot time with minimal background program running. I havnt tried Ubantu, Gentoo or other linux based OSes. I wonder if install those, would they still work with ms office and would it decrease my overall lag. I would no go back to win95/98(the horror) and even win2000. I also hate mac os (used them at school, not very fond of it) I guess what im saying is, is it worthwhile to migrate to linux based os.