Just a recommendation that's been working very well for me lately. I bought a bigger SATA drive (250gig) and partitioned it so that There's about 40gig system drive space for XP, and the rest for Fedora Core 3. I also have an 80gig SATA for audio data. I used nLite http://nuhi.msfn.org/nlite.html to "slipstream" Windows XP with SP1+patches, and removed Outlook Express, MSN Messenger, and a bunch of other crap that I don't want running. Then I only loaded video and audio drivers, no NIC driver, so effectly the machine, under XP, has no internet access and no IP address, so it cannot get out, and consequently nothing can get in. There's no need for spyware-hunting software to be running, no need for AV software. Just Audio apps and that's it. THen under Linux, I have Crossover Office running Adobe Photoshop 7 and Office 2000, so I can maintain compatibility with work and also my laptop, which still runs only XP. Surfing under Linux, I don't have to worry about spyware or viruses (yet) and it runs very fast on an Athlon 2500+ w/ a gig of RAM. Very cool set up, and I highly recommend it for DAW situations where you don't want tons of crap on your DAW, but you don't have multiple computers for running Office/e-mail/internet.