This has just been spotted in China! Ubuntu computers for sale in a computer shop. Ubuntu must be a very popular Linux distribution over there. There was the old Red Flag Linux distribution a while ago; but they seem to be adopting the popular Ubuntu distribution instead. A very good move; it is very easy to set up with your favourite software and your favourite desktop environment. I am using the Unity desktop at the moment. It is very good and configurable in the version supplied with the 12.10 release. Ubuntu does not get viruses like the Windows operating system does. Windows 8 has just suffered its first attack by a malicious cracker who has broken the security in the new Windows release: http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/11/01/227221/security-firm-vupen-claims-to-have-hacked-windows-8-and-ie10. This means that with Windows 8; you will need as much security software as you needed with Windows 7 and XP. The new Windows release is no more secure than previous incarnations and it would be better to use Linux or OpenBSD if you want a more acceptable level of security for your desktop computer.