Ok so i did it.
I reformatted and upgraded to ReiserFS. I decided on ReiserFS because 1. it sounds the best of all and 2. it's natively supported by mandrake linux. my os of choice. not that that was a big deal as my first task now that i'm back in linux is to rebuild with the new 2.4.1-ac20 kernel so... the only problem i encountered was that it refused to reformat my /boot partion .. it's only 30 megs in size so it's not like i really care when i have to fsck it. i'm more concerned about the others which combined can take almost an hour ( i have a 32 gb hard drive.) with that in mind ReiserFS was perfect for me. now i am wondering if there is a way to go from ext2 to ReiserFS without destroying my data. it wasnt a problem on my laptop ( that was the computer i just did ) i could transfer the relitivly little data to other computers. but my other computers have so much data that i dont have the disk space to convert them. some of these computers virtually never fsck because of an invalid reboot but when they do... they have spent 3 hours because i have massive hard drive space on them. ( need to put mp3's some where. ) and they are not that fast. they really don't need to be. but overally this first experience with a journaling FS is cool.. i'm going to cold boot my computer now and see what happens.