Or is Ubuntu a realistic option? I'm seriously considering Ubuntu, but I worry that home recording will be a hassle in that OS. Is there a consensus on whether it's better to stick to Windows or Mac or Ubuntu or it doesn't make a difference? Are the hardware/software options available to Ubuntu plentiful enough? Edit: I should make it clear that I'm pretty certain I won't be going the Mac route (been on Windows from the start). I'm not against using primarily Mac based software though, if that's possible. I should have thought of that before I posted.