No more woes, but an observation I want to share. I have been ?fiddling? with Linux and as Gnurag put it that I am installing many distros, I have come to some conclusions. If the developers can put a thought to it, the Linux as a desktop is sure to win over WIN. There are most user friendly distros like Xandros and Linspire, but they are all poor in features. Then there are others which are very advanced and generally force a user to learn lot many commands and Linux jargons. Linux can be said really ready for the desktop when the GUI is as user friendly as linspire and installation of additional software as easy as in Windows. Besides, there is no consensus on the use of commands too. Nor in the jargon in various distros. Say, some call partitions like hda1, hda2, (and sda for removable media etc.) others call them sda1, sda2, or even sda-1, sda-2. Once I learnt to use the editing of fstab file in some distros, that did not work in others. Likewise, the Grub/Lilo conf files are different in all distros. Why not like Linux kernel, there is a standardisation of all this? Even shells, some commands that the forum members have suggested do not work in the shell of the distro I wanted for!! I even do not know if the console I am working is Bash or some thing else??