The 8886 and linux, etc.This machine rocks, first of all, and the service in getting it to me was great. That's all I'll say here, for now, but if anyone wants to buy a beautiful computer, PCTORQUE is the place to get it from!
Now, on to linux: I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a linux expert. I've never built a kernel, or even developed any software for the OS. Things are frustrating at times. However, for someone who is somewhat familiar with Windows, linux can be a great experience. I find that many tasks are greatly simplified in linux (the GIMP for image editing; LyX for writing almost anything, e.g.). Of course, those are applications from within linux. I also have better computing habits (naming files correctly, etc.) which are inculcated by necessity, somewhat, but also out of a desire to be more efficient at this stuff. Besides, it's fun, especially if you like figuring new things out. The main thing I've learned is that there's usually another way to do something, and it's usually a lot easier and better than what you've already tried.
In short, if you don't get TOTALLY frustrated with computers, and you are moderately good at finding things on the web (my main source of information on how to do almost anything using linux), and you want somewhat of a challenge, AND you have a bit of time, or can MAKE a bit of time -- I'm a grad student; believe me: this is a necessary bit of it-- then try linux!