I am not new in the Linux world, I am actually quite an old user and I play around since many years with various distributions. A month ago I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a small IDE hard disk, next to Vista Ultimate which normally runs on my home computer. And since then I never even booted Windows. Almost everything I need I have under Linux and the latest version from Ubuntu is excellent.
I have installed the 64-bit version (same as Vista) and I have to say it moves quite fast in comparison with Windows. Well, yesterday I did the big step: I removed Vista completely and I installed Ubuntu on the main hard drive. Things have come a long way compared to 4-5 years ago, when installing a linux distribution would drive you totally nuts. Ubuntu detected without problems everything I have in the computer: video card, network card, printer, monitor, sound, etc.
As far as multimedia is concerned, everything runs fine: I can listen to music, I can watch movies, I can rip DVDs, and so on. The only things I can’t do so well are games and Photoshop. Unfortunately I don’t really have time for games these days and it seems that Photoshop runs fine under wine, I just need to find some time and try it out. For other Windows applications which don’t run so well under wine (like TomTom Home – the software for my GPS device, a web application+Adobe Reader for printing stamps from Deutsche Post, etc) I have installed Windows XP under a virtual machine on VirtualBox and I solved the problem.
For games, when I will have time for them, I will just install Windows 7 on the smaller hard drive. Anyway, I have some time to wait until Mass Effect 2, Crysis 2 or Half Life: Episode 3 are released ;-) And at the end, this is what my current desktop looks like: