dammit that's counterproductive
A good consumer is a good patriot. Consumerism relies on advertising; turning off advertising is an act of anti-consumerism, and thus, terrorism. This gesture goes against everything america stands for; dammit the people WANT to be flooded with messages to buy, buy, buy!
Just remember, sharing is bad for the economy. When you share, rich people suffer. For your countries' sake, DON'T SHARE
VB is a bad language to learn on. Puts u into bad programming habits from the start.
Having said that, it does have a lot of advantages as mentioned. But the work in progress on GUI tools for linux (Glade, VDKBuilder, etc) are a much nicer way (IMHO) of doing a IDE without binding it to a specific language or OS. Sure, put BASIC bindings into it if people want it. I think any attempt to port VB to linux will fail unless the entire windows API is ported, and hey, why bother? use Windows for that. People that want to port VB apps to linux will probably have to to a fair bit of modification anyway, why not port it all the way into a real language?
Linux isn't (to me) about redoing windows (as KDE seems to be trying to do) - its about an OS that takes the best bits from whats around or makes new better ones from scratch. Unfortunately MS seems to have instilled into a lot of people's heads that windows is the _only_ GUI.