It had been a little over 4 years since I last tried out Linux. That experience wasn't half bad, but I didn't get much in the way of use out of having Linux on one of my boxes - I wasn't doing any Linux specific development and there didn't seem to be any particular programs of quality that I wanted or needed to run. One of my main uses of a computer is to play video games and Linux is a poor choice at best for video gaming compared to a Windows based machine. But with my growing interest in the audio side of game development, I figured it wouldn't be a bad time to give it another shot.
Read Linux - Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride: it's about the issues I ran into installing Fedora Core 10, and why I think Linux is unsuitable for mainstream desktop use (hint: it's the attitude of its developers).