Tom, good show. It made me think I might just be able to do this.
I have a couple of questions. First, disk space. We have an older machine -- Pentium III I think, but 512 mb of RAM. I think the hard drive is 40 gb, it's essentially full, and the only way to get more space is to delete games the kids want to play. This would be the machine I'd try this on, because my husband would kill me if I messed up the laptop. So, how much disk space would it take to install Ubuntu?
Second, I use Paint Shop Pro quite a lot. The version before they were bought by Corel, I think it's version 8. Anyway, would this run on Ubuntu? And, can you explain more fully -- you said you can do email and surf the net and do word processing, open office, etc. Do you have to download and install programs to do these things or are they built in? I mean, would I use Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office? Or is there a browser built right into the OS? And, if I would use Firefox, would I have to reinstall it, or could I use the one already in the Windows part of the computer? Is that a stupid question? It seems to me I'd install it again, thus taking up more disk space . . . but what do I know?