a few years back it was the case that you had to fiddle about setting the drivers up to get things to work in linux.
but have to say its now xp that you find your still hunting for disks, to install the driver yet again because, the device is plugged into a different usb port than the last time.
yea there are still a few devices that don't work in linux but not many.
system admin mostly automatic now needing almost no attention
the main reason i find linux better is from the admin and setup point of view
normally a 2 hour install including updates and most of the apps and the system is back pritty much as before usualy without disrupting any
of my previous data
maybe a couple of hours backing up old data first
having to check for viruses on that data
yea it installs in 30 mins , then the week or so hunting for driver disks and applications disks (keycodes on boxes etc )
the last time did it it was 30 or so restarts and a couple of days later that it had managed to get all the updates
i dont know about the rest of you but actually using the apps is more important than having to do sys admin and linux is way better
but i guess the guys at microsoft enjoy it so much that's the way they take you so why the slogan "where do you want to go today " when you know the answer is to the it desk as sys admin is great fun "