It took me about 24 hours of tiresome pop-up messages about updates, firewalls, activate-your-anti-virus etc to decide that Windows XP had to go. I installed Ubuntu 9.04 remix in its place. A problem with slow web pages was solved by changing the wifi channel on my router. Result - a very useful and responsive computer with a good looking desktop. The screen is bright and clear and the battery life impressive. The only thing which does not work (in Ubuntu) is the internal mike - use a headset mike instead.
Every page contains either lovely pictures or borders. They are so good that if you couldn't read you could follow the stories just from them.
We really enjoyed the stories of "Manyfurs" and "Mother Snow" but our favourite was "Snow White". In this book the Snow White story was nothing like the Disney version. The Queen was truly horrible and it was much more exciting.