I have a 3 year old HP notebook with a HD that puked. I want to make a simple and easy bare bones notebook out of it. It had Vista on it and I'm not sure if I can re install it from the rescue discs. Besides, Vista sucks and it's overkill for what I'll use the notebook for. I'm trying ubuntu as an OS. It works surprisingly well off of CD. (I haven't purchased a new HD yet) All I want to do is use the HP for browsing the world wide interweb and maybe a little bit of simple photo editing so I can send or post pics from the road. Any of you Geek Squaders have a better alternative?