it's working for me as a linux newbie.
red hat was good too, it was just the sound problems that got me to switch.
at school starting september we are going to be doing linux programming in Red Hat 9.0, so i figured i would use that. but come to think of it maybe it's good to learn more than one distro!
i'm not quite hardcore enough to be into the whole culture of "windows sucks" yet, but it may be coming.
as far as going "windows free", looks like it won't be for a long time, since i'll need it to do windows programming at school.
well, i like windows XP, but i'm starting to use linux more regularly.