So, after six months of solid performance and one month of nonstop uptime (a miracle in my circumstances) ElDiablo, my Linux box i use for communications purposes and as a secondary computer when i need to do two things at once, died. It locked up and stopped responding, i rebooted it and i was met with a siren-like post. I opened up the case, screwed in the video card, it booted and all was well. However, Gnome ceased to finish loading.
After having gotten used to setting up a computer to do what i want and forgetting about it, i've forgotten (or no longer care) how to fix it. I had it purring like a kitten and Gnome2 specially customized the way i like it.
So... I'm considering making the switch from Linux to FreeBSD to see what the hype is over FreeBSD 5. All I do with this particular machine is talk with co-workers on ICQ, IRC and browse the internet... and archive my email, and i'd rather not go through the steps involved in troubleshooting a problem and fixing it, i'd rather just use the damn thing.
I'll be making backups tomorrow and installing FreeBSD, hopefully it will go smoothly.
The other option is to revert back to Windows, and we all know *that* isn't going to happen, ever. My days of Windows are over.