Thanks for the replies guys- I figured Linux was the way to go because of its availability and its free. I guess I have learned so far the ION's are not loved by everyone! I bought the unit at a really good price, I got 4GBs DDR3 for peanuts - $16(new in box). So far I am ahead of the game $$ wise so I will give it a try and see what happens. I am not sure what you mean by saying the "cellphone" thing, please explain so I have one more piece of information.
I really appreciate you taking the time to reply, thank you