Cover Flow-esque window switching is another Compiz feature available on Ubuntu
With Windows Vista getting bad press lately for it's resource-hogging setup and Apple's delays with its latest release, Leopard, Ubuntu 7.10 suddenly seems worthwhile. Its Compiz effects are comparable to Windows Vista, yet on my testing (Using a Compaq Presario with 2 GB RAM and Nvidia accelerated graphics) it took up less resources, leaving more memory for the programs I like to use. Also, having more than one desktop helps control dektop clutter when I'm working.
Overall, Ubuntu 7.10 is worth looking into, and with a dual boot setup, it's not too crazy to switch. With its highly customizable setup, a quick click around the Ubuntu Forums will boost the "wow" factor above anything Windows Vista has offered yet, and the straightforward usability puts it up there with Mac OS X.
If you want to try out Ubuntu 7.10, head over to Ubuntu's website and download (or mail order) a copy of this free operating system. Even if you are just curious, it's worth trying out.