A few days ago I ordered a vostro 1000 with 1GB of memory, 120GB hard disk, with XP Home It seems they just changed the page: http://www.dell.com/content/product...nb_1000?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~tab=bundlestab. At first it looked like you can't get XP Home anymore at $399, as if they will charge $449 now for that, but when I clicked "customize it" on the $399 model, it still allows you to choose XP Home. Starting at $399, you can upgrade the memory from 512MB to 1GB for $25, and it's well worth it. By default you get 80GB hard drive. If you add another $25, you can upgrade to 120GB hard drive, and then you are basically getting the $449 model, but that's not an essential upgrade like the memory unless you really need an extra 40GB and you don't have an external drive or other usb storage device. This seems to be a very linux friendly machine (although I haven't tried it ..yet). If you want dual boot (perhaps for linux) when you reinstall windows you will find that the driver disk that comes with the machine is worthless, even for the wifi/ethernet. So you will need another machine to download the vostro 1000 drivers (can call technical support for help finding the specific drivers), and you will be pretty much set. I don't know how Vista runs on the machine, but that was the point, I wanted XP. So I can only gauge that XP runs very fast/efficient on the AMD sempron. You can also customize with other processors, AMD athlon dual core $70, and others that are $170+. But for a non gamer like me, that's kind of expensive and nonessential, taking away from the great price at $425 (since you would be unwise not to double your memory just to save $25). \\P.S. a 1-year mail in hardward warranty comes with the price. Other (such as 3-year, or accident/drop and break) warranties are not included in the price. Now that I have two of them, I am happy to point the deal out to others without fear of my order getting delayed. Anyone else recently get a good laptop deal? I would be curious just to know what the notebook market is looking like.. even though I'm already set for near future.