I have just purchased a new HP netbook. While this unit is running Windows XP my previous netbook which I gave to a relative ran Linux. To be truthful the Linux ran faster, even with a slower processor. I bought the new unit primarily for its larger screen. Linux has few frills but is definitely a fast system. Another interesting facet of the Linux OS is that there is a ton of free support online for the system. Unlike Windows where Microsoft wants to parcel out help at a price. Linux is free for everyone. As such there is a great deal of help available. For data recovery of files stored on Linux the best choice is currently Linux Recovery Software. Linux is a fabulous operating system but sometimes its speed results in files being thrown by the wayside. When Linux files get lost or damaged Linux Recovery Software is there to retrieve them.