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I run Ubuntu Edgy on my MacBook Pro, Mac OS X on my PowerBook G4 17" and PowerBook G4 12", Ubuntu Edgy+Beryl+AIGLX on my main workstation (with a Vista look n'feel), FreeBSD on my file server and OpenBSD on one of my firewalls.
I can struggle all the performance out of my machines by not running Windows and I don't have to pay a single penny for an overhyped, overmarketed, overspoken product. Linux (and to less extent, Mac OS X) do have really nice eye candy effects. In fact, Vista Aero effects look rather pathetic when compared to Beryl using gaussian blur, motion blur, cubic desktop, translucency and expose-like effects.
This is how Ubuntu Edgy with AIGLX and Beryl can look like:
I'm a Linux user myself, but please spare us the Ubuntu/Beryl/Compiz propaganda, it's really getting tiring. This is a Windows thread, you know.