> I've been using Linux (RH/Fedora/CentOS mainly) as a primary desktop for 8 > years or so. I try to avoid the holy wars, but I think there is no comparison > with the 'other' more common desktop. KDE feels like a professional finished > product, and has some very cool apps that actually work. So my advice would > be, if you tried a Gnome desktop and didn't like it, give KDE a try before > giving up (Kubuntu is a good option). I was thinking of that actually. > Also VMWare workstation is free(^beer) and works great if you have a little > RAM to spare. I don't dual boot anymore, for MSIE testing, Quickbooks, and > the occasional Photoshop session (let's face it, Gimp is not quite in the > same ballpark) then any of my WinXP installations are ready to wake from > suspend in about 10sec. You can even cut-and-paste between desktop and VM. > Latest versions are 100% stable and reliable in my experience. Yes, I am using VirtualBox also--reviews say these two are comparable products. > Konqueror is a great (S)FTP client and filesystem explorer/manager. There is > none better in Windows or OSX land that I know of. It also makes a decent web > browser. Will check it out. > If you need a GUI for mySQl then have you tried these? > http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/gui-tools/5.0.html > I have, but somehow keep going back to the CLI... more typing, true, but funny > how its actually faster sometimes. But in any case if you can't live without > SQLyog, then W2K would live happily in a VM. Yes, I have. They don't compare to SQLyog however. :) The only other tool I have found is DBVisualizer ( http://www.minq.se/products/dbvis/ ) which perhaps after I learn it, will be as good or better than SQLyog. In the meantime, SQLyog runs fine under Wine. :) Thanks!