I live in Australia and tried for more than 3 months to get my hands on a linux version, at a reasonable price. I had several friends in the same predicament. In the end I gave in and bought a windows version, as the only places I could get the linux versions were all through online retailers, with all the risks associated with that and were also around $100 to $150 more than I could get a windows version from my local retailer for. I was obviously more comfortable saving $150 and knowing that I could take it back to the store if I have any warranty issues, so I bought the windows version, even though I did not want to. Needless to say, once I had updated to service pack 3, I had no space left on my c: drive and it ran like a dog, so I dumped windows and installed Ubuntu, which I am sure many others have done, so the 7:3 ratio i strongly suspect is a very falsely engineered ratio, which does not reflect customers true intentions. I am extremely happy with it in it's current configuration, but would have been just as happy with the Xandros version, if I could have found one at a reasonable price.