1- I know people who bought systems from vendors with no operating system installed because they prefer Linux. I did pay for the operating system that came with my laptop but don't forget because I like Linux, I dual boot it with my current operating system so I am getting use out of both and not throwing away the operating system that I paid for.
2- A lot of programs are free and open source such as Firefox, thunderbird, VLC, Java and many more.
3- Ubuntu works perfect on my acer laptop. I installed it alongside Vista and I didn't have to get any drivers for it. It automatically picked up my Centrino wireless card and I was on the internet within seconds. I can plug my lexmark printer into the laptop and it will recognise it straightaway.
4- His method described of installing programs in Linux is totally wrong. I double click a file and enter my password then it installs the program for me. I am definitely not the "nerd" in this case.
5- Saying that many linux distributions are very buggy and unstable is completely untrue. Ubuntu linux has been available for years and currently they are working on a new version which will be released at some point later in the year. The latest stable version which is Ubuntu 7.04 is a excellent distribution. Why complain about something that is so sophisticated and free?
Someone needs to get a life.