You are a programmer so unix suits you
I think they are all severely lacking (OSs). I mainly use Linux/Gnome
or Linux/Windowmaker. The first combination gives a lot that
a non-programmer should rightly demand from a modern operating system and desktop environment
while the second combination doesn't.
KDE2 is out for the last couple of weeks and is very useable by all
accounts. The fact that there is competition between the Gnome and
KDE teams (and there is competition than any of the developers
will openly admin to) spurs them both on to bigger and better
These are fairly fundamental parts of human nature and as a
result economics. Monopolies ultimately fall on their own
sword and die. It is a fact of life. It doesn't mean the
Microsoft is bad. It doesn't mean that Microsoft will
disappear. It just means that there will and should be
choices, competition and freedom.
As seen in a sig recently; thirty years of computer science research
and all we've got to show for it is a talking paperclip.