Every year or so, I start playing around with Linux, mainly out of sheer curiosity rather than anything else - I honestly think XP is the best home user OS I've ever dealt with, even though most other Windows flavors were total or partial POS...
My previous experience with Linux was mixed, at best. Some distros didn't run well at all, some ran sort of, I was never able to get FlashPlayer or Shockwave working, printing was always a challenge, sound was a lottery, etc.. I guess the longest one was Ubuntu 6.x, just as a backup measure until I grew tired of video screw ups on my ancient Riva TNT2 card, fighting with Grub's default boot list after each upgrade, and so on, and removed it completely.
Well, I am now on my 4th day of trying OpenSUSE 11.1, and it surely looks like there was a lot of progress over the last couple of years. It's much easier to install and configure than any of the past distros I tried, it's very stable, and doing simple things is finally getting, well, simple.
So, I found this thread... the selection is huge, but what I am really interested in is not just the list of available programs, but the personal opinions of people who used them. What's a better Raw program (I tend towards UFraw). What's a better viewer ? How does Gimp compare to Krita ? Was anyone able to run PS7 under Wine ? Any tips & tricks ? And the most important question - is there anything on the Linux side, photography wise, that is unavailable in Windows or would cost major $ ?