I currently use Vista (as it came with my laptop), but I'm downloading Fedora 10. The torrent is at 13.6%, so maybe next week I'll be using it. I would've got it while I still had cable internet, but I didn't have a DVD to burn it to. Now, I do. But with satellite internet. Booo.
Anyway, the reason I decided to agonize over Fedora, as opposed to using Ubuntu's Wubi installer, is simple: better community. Unlike Ubuntu, which are the Apple Computers of Linux to me, Fedora's community doesn't just use the OS, they help build it. That's simply not true about Ubuntu. Debian branches are typically targeted at end-users, people who see Linux at another company who makes OS's, not actual Linux/computer enthusiasts (a demographic which I am quickly joining). It also affects the way the OS is built, and Fedora is built with tools to make it better as well as function to make it still worth while. Also, it's sponsored by Red Hat. Red Hat is highly compatible with everything Linux, is built to "just work", has intelligent end-users in mind, and therefore appeals to my admittedly elitist tastes. If I can get that in a free, community based version, then I'm freaking set.
Firstly: WHY do all GNU/Linux users default to Ubuntu? It's full of flaws. I don't even see it as a geek toy, more of a newbie's way in to the GNU/Linux world. I've always used Fedora. It's fast. It's nice. It's cutting-edge, but stable at the same time.
You read my mind, sir.
I managed to set up PCLinuxOS completely without having to resort to the terminal window once. I ended up with full 3d effects (they're REALLY COOL these days! Has anyone else seen these?) and a fully set up 3d driver, all without having to resort to the command line.
That really impressed me. Certain things were taken care of that haven't been in the past. For example, it was an insane fight to get the proprietary nvidia driver working in Mandrake a few years ago, because the RPM didn't alter your XF86Config for you. There's a bunch of editing you've got to do yourself, which was a pain in the ass. Here, I just installed it through synaptic, and it told me to restart my X session. Bang. Fixed. Upon rebooting, it asked me about what 3d options I wanted to use.
I agree that wireless is touch-and-go. However, you also have to realize that just because something didn't work a few years ago doesn't mean it still sucks. Linux is treating years like decades, and even though some distros are inherently flawed, others are bounding away into new and great things while still fixing bugs and flaws, something that neither Microsoft nor Apple can claim.