bkf that's why I held off going on to XP for a few years I kept hearing how the fixes actually broke it :bigsmile: I have SP2 and only use the updates I thinkI need so I let it notify me they are ready for installing then I go through the list and see what is relevant to me. As much as I don't like it either I have to say they do have a right to check that it is valid version of XP before allowing updates, it does cost them to make them after all. Luckilly it won't disbale invalid copies just won't allow them to update.
debro, narrow down everything please. SuSE (which now has a free open version called "Open SuSE") is quite a good one. None realy provide support for commercial games, game coders fault, but if you have a decent amount of memory there may be a way round that with vmware using to create a virtual windows machine.
Other than that it is just learning your way round the FOSS software, and configuring your hardware, if you have an internal ADSL modem it should be no problem getting online the fun comes with the USB ones most ISPs provide.