Just to touch a bit on this, I ordered a 5720 and installed Gentoo Linux on it. I haven't used Windows in about 4 years now besides on friend's computers. Linux for *me* is just more stable and a better desktop. I could go into reasons, but for every point I'll have I'm sure some Windows fan will reply with a reason why it's not valid. :P
Anyway, I skimmed here and saw someone saying how the network card they had wasn't detected out of the box in Windows. The 5720 has this same problem in Linux. What surpised me was it was far eaiser to get the wireless card working then the wired. But there is a reason for this, on mine and on yours. The nForce came out after the version of Windows your using was most likly released. The 5720 also is using a network card that is pretty new and not yet supported fully in the kernel. Lukly this they are one of the few (but growing) companies that have linux real working drivers.
As for talk about Microsoft 'creating THE standard'.. that's the PROBLEM. You can't just create a stanard like Microsoft has been getting away with. There are boards that decide what a standard is so data can work together. If I have a file on my Windows machine, I should be able to view this file and edit it just the same on my Unix machine, my Mac, my PDA, even my VAX if I really wanted to! It's just data. If I want MS Office because I like the features, that's great. But I should not be locked into that format and have to pay MS just to view and edit a file *I* created. Nor should my friend have to pay MS just because I'm sending him a file that I created in MS Office.
ASCII is an example of a true standard. ASCII says.. A is A... B is B.. etc..
.doc is an example of just the other direction, it is no where close to a standard, 'widely used', 'popular', or 'cool' does not make something a standard. If Microsoft went belly up tomorrow, all the .doc files would be worthless and could never be opened in another program. If it was really open, 20, 30, 50 or 100 years from now you could still access your own data with out having to dig out that old copy of XP Office on your now footrest of a P4.