@DeathByVisualStudio: Funny you should mention it but that is exactly the environment I'm working in now. This is a financial software house that decided to bin all their Windows PCs and go to Linux. Once I got over the shock, I've actually found it ... okay. The OS (Ubuntu) is pretty solid and feels somehow 'lighter' than Windows. The problem I have with it are the applications: they still feel amateurish. Gimp is pretty diabolical.