It is a measure of how much Linux has improved , that now my latest new component was automatically picked up and used in Linux (Ubuntu) whilst I had to download new software to get Windows.
The particular component was a new nVidia graphics card - the end result was great on both systems, though again the Gnome eye-candy was better than Windows (XP).
So Linux, which used to be really bad at automatically coping with all but the most popular hardware seems to be overtaking Windows in my experience.
Is Windows Vista any better ? I won't know until i get new hardware - this box won't cope with it.