Microsoft Vista is not an option
"I have realized that I can not move to Vista, ever, Microsoft is forcing me to Linux."
As a disclaimer, I will say that none of my desktops run Linux now. I am a marginally disgruntled Windows user that could become quite gruntled if Microsoft backed off on its stupidities. Since it appears to be going the opposite way in moving from XP to Vista, I am not going to hold my breath. I have one copy of Vista Beta 2 and one of RC2, and no way to legally get a legit copy for another month.