I have just upgraded my Ubuntu 8.10 kernel to 18.104.22.168 and now, the alsa sound works, which is way better than the deprecated OSS system that Ubuntu uses by default. And it was not very hard to do either, once I worked out how the mkinitramfs program worked, I was fine.
$ uname -a
Linux deusexmachina 22.214.171.124Bejiitas #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Feb 22 16:19:22 EST 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 126.96.36.199Bejiitas ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.3.2 (Ubuntu 4.3.2-1ubuntu12) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Feb 22 16:19:22 EST 2009
You can tell I am happy can't you? I would love to see someone on Vista upgrading their Windows Kernel. But if only you could. But I only use Windows vista for Doom Builder and games.