ok, well the eMachine i have been using lately turns out has a bad virus, and the computer os has been severely compromised because over the last 4 days it has been crippling the computer to the point where it doesn't recognize the CD drives, and sometimes even has trouble accessing the internet. I believe that the virus entered the computer through Firefox, and avast didn't detect it either, but then again the computer was out of date on windows update, so i guess its partly my fault for not updating the computer when i first acquired it from cold storage. Anyways, it is a fairly new computer, 2.8GHz CPU, (was512), but now its 384MB of RAM, some sort of integrated graphics. Now my new question is since it is a brand computer does this mean that if i wipe off the OS and write zeros to the hard drive (i plan to nuke and wipe this drive multiple times) will linux work on this computer, and work properly? does the puppy linux work on a system os, like NTSF or FAT, or does it have its own file system? Second i plan to boot from the CD, and make a CD-RW with the Puppy linux and everything it needs to run on that CD. Outside of that i plan to make it a business computer at some point, and im hoping that the fact its running Linux will help reduce the likely hood i will acquire a virus in the future. If im wrong with that assumption feel free to let me know.