Hello. Dell not only offers Linux as an option but XP as well. I know of hundreds of sony VAIO customers who have returned their purchase as Vista will not work for them. Sony RMA is R-ST"original order #"-xxx. The ST or SW, ST is telesales and SW is web purchase. So, tracking what sony is doing is real easy. I would like to see Microsoft have a policy of sending out a dual-boot configuration, like what was done with windows 3.1 and windows 95. Just put a warning on, do not surf the web with XP. Or, one can always get a Mac.