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Yes I can live without windows, I don't choose to give away the games I have that are made for windows, so I keep it for gaming.
I also use games in linux. I did not have a problem with the nvidia drivers, I think they are very good. ut2003 uses very complex 3D rendering and does it very well. It seems to be smoother running on linux on the same machine. Half-Life runs very well too, but it's not built for linux. I use wine for Half-Life, the menus don't work very well. The game plays great.
I have an unsupported scanner, which will be replaced soon with an Epson.
Video capture from dvd or Tv in my opinion is far superior on linux. However I didn't go out and buy the best windows software to find out.
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I use Slackware 8.1 (converted from Mandrake 9, thanks to all the helpful people in this forum) as my sole OS at work. I have a spare system here with Win2k on it ONLY so I can use Terminal Services on our Win2k Domain Controller. If the DC wasn't remote, I would have a slack box setup as the network's PDC. We are soon getting a Debian file server which may turn into a login server <evil grin>. At home, the only system consistently running Windows is my wife's system so we can use Quicken. My gaming rig has XP on it, but I RARELY boot to it. I play my 2 favorite games in Linux (Descent3, UT2003) and they run like a champ!
I said all that to say: I love Linux, and I'm striving day after day to make it my sole OS, and to convert my workplace into a solely Linux workplace. After that, my goal will have been accomplished.
I can really live without windows. I didn't think I could at first, so I was dual-booting, but after a few months I reclaimed my hd space . Now I just admin for my girls xp box .... I hate to use it because her stupid ethernet keeps freezing. I wrote a script to help it along (has to be run hourly ... where's cron when you need it (please don't suggest at)). The only thing that sucks about linux is the lack of native support for games ... but that isn't really linux's fault.
I love linux but i am a software developer and i program in C#, so its hard to remove windows all together. Plus there is no enterprise manager for ms sql 2k that does the job the native one can do. Other then that, linux is my main machine.
I am a Linux Newbie even though I have had RH/Mandrake 6.1 and 7.2. Could never get them to find modems. Anyway, Mandrake 9.0 installed with no problems on two of my machines. Doesn't look to bad and the sound is good. Found the Internet on my XP home network no problem.
Got to solve a few things. Spellcheck in Kmail. Default font sizes suck for a guy needing glasses. Got to be an easier way than change each application one at a time. Isn't there one master apperance or display applet? Have to solve finding my printer on the home network and learn to share some folders. Have to figure out installing and finding other possible desktops/browsers. Strange, have to use a different program for newsgroups than my email program (Kmail). I guess I thought that Linux had grown beyond the stage where everything that is easiliy customizable in Windows to a limited extent, requires a manual to be read in Linux for normal features plus extras.
If I am ever to make Linux my main operating system for my home network, it's going to have to get a bit easier to use. I think the install was great on Mandrake 9.0, but then I am not really using any hardware known to have difficulty. I did expect to have some trouble with the SOYO Dragon + motherboard because it has integrated 10/100 but it found it just fine. Kind of nice not having to use driver disks so the operating system can make use of the hardware on the motherboard.
So when you see a newbie asking question don't assume they know anything. As an example. If somebody tells me to use Printerdrake, tell me where to find it so I can try to make use of it.