I am selectively quoting here, as not all needs response. I agree that there are uses for Linux and Unix today, moreso Unix. The stability of the machine is good on relatively low RAM usage and CPU usage, and the customability for any given purpose is simple. The text segments in Unix really become a part of what is now the internal software for modern OS'. I also agree that the intelligence of the user would have to be slightly higher, and granted they would perhaps have to know how a computer works... I could go on about all of the advantages but I am sure you know what I know and probably a little more. Today we're facing a much larger problem than this, as people can go an entire day and not realize how anything they use, works. People have forgotten that internal workings exist it seems, rather to them it's magic. Actually this brings back to a comment I made earlier if I may arrogantly quote myself: Which I believe is your topic of discussion here. I recently purchased a laptop for my senior year, it came with Vista. I have been using various Linux/Unix since Windows 95, although I had a stint with XP. It seems this new version of Windows has locked you completely out of your own computer, it's like your own hardware is being held hostage. Your interpretation of a media center is right, coming with HP Media Center, a remote control...why? I remember looking at Webpages in 'Lynx' as a strapping young lad and opening a book to remember what the command line is. These functions have been lost; however should all the graphic rendering capabilities be lost? I think you do agree, you do agree it is good VMS usage. If you could just be allowed to access it without the other atleast 80% of garbage. I don't mind looking in a book, and I only need the computer for limited functions. It's also a significantly well programmed video system with a strong potential GUI...if you could only truly customize that GUI more than the color of the windows... However the broadening of the leading Operating Systems into an all purpose OS...rather than giving true specificities that are to the desire of the user (Like Unix does) seems to be a non-ending trend. And similar trends appear to be occuring in nearly all facets of modern progress. These trends require us to make bigger, faster, CPU's. More condensed, smaller, hard drives.