Joy of Ubuntu Linux on my laptop - bad show for PC vendors not supplying Windows install CDs
No thanks. Ubuntu Linux was an easy install, everything works, and large code builds, etc. run faster for me under Linux than under Windows XP. I do wish that I could occasionally dual boot into Windows XP, but so it goes. I now have one Linux laptop, one high end Windows XP desktop PC, and three older Macs. Funny thing is that there is not a huge difference between developing Java (IntelliJ and ant builds) and Ruby on these three different operating systems.
The Averatec laptop has great hardware at a low price - too bad that they don't sell a version without Windows for $75 cheaper :-)