I love it.
and about wether or not to buy vista:
I have vista home basic, but do not use it any more (I have switched to linux)
annoying messages that ask you to allow "something" (it takes three of these messages to copy something to de C:\ folder)
it uses a lot of system resources. (But you can strip it down of course.
exxelent search fuction
easier to manage (configuration utilities)