I always wondered why windozers were so concerned with boot times. Then it hit me. It's because they always have to reboot for something. Maybe a crash. Maybe an update. You don't have to reboot Linux for either of those things, so a slightly longer boot up time once in a while is no big deal
Also for comparison, at the office I've got a customized version of RHEL that has most of the corp office installations pre-installed on it, including antivirus, email, etc... I installed it on a P4 with 512mb of RAM. This machine was previously running Windows 2000 Pro with a TON of stuff installed including email client, MSDE (mssql), antivirus, etc... and it ran pretty well, and was very usable. This base install with RHEL is WAY slower, and the xorg.conf configuration keeps getting messed up forcing it into a 800x600 resolution... simply put, it's annoying and slow compared to the same machine which was running Windows 2000 Pro previously with MORE software installed. I know that the "customized installation" is mostly to blame, but it just goes to show that the "typical Windows problems (with too much goofy software)" absolutely apply to Linux as well. I actually expected it to run better... now I just need to score some more ram which will hopefully help.