Hey all we have a spare laptop at work that used to be used in the factory but for some reason we got new ones recently and this thing is perfect. Well aside from the fact that it runs really slow, which is simply just because it needs a format. To be honest it has a windows XP OEM key but like with all the laptops we get it NEVER seems to come with the XD CD, and I am sick of looking for one, not to mention getting them from the usual places doesn't bode well with me given that we will be accessing work material with it.....p2p just gives me the heeby jeebies sometimes. Anyway I digress. So I thought that maybe getting Ubuntu desktop would be good for dad, he really only wants a word editor (open office) and an outlook substitute (I'm sure there is one out there). My only main concerns are: A) Will getting drivers be an issue? The laptop is an Acer Aspire 3624WXCi. Where would I look for these drivers? B) My dad is not entirely computer literate (he still types with two fingers here at work and it makes me cry). I know Ubuntu desktop is quite forgiving I used an older version myself and found it not to be an issue really. I am just wondering will it be too far removed from normal windows that my dad won't be able to find anything? I sometimes take this for granted as I pick things up easily. C) Will I get good cross compatibility saving items in say open office then opening them back up in word 2007 here at work? That's pretty much it. I would really like to fiddle around with Ubuntu but not sure if dad will cope too well.