I don't know what you're talking about when you say that GNU/Linux "isn't desktop material", considering that proprietary video games is the only area where it is at all behind. I'm tempted to challenge you to name one program that isn't a game that works on Windows only (incompatible with Wine), and doesn't have an equally suitable replacement that works on GNU/Linux, but I'm sure you'll name some obscure proprietary program that nobody uses if I do that...I, on the other hand, would recommend you get yourself a laptop with Windows 7 installed on it before they go out of fashion now that Win8 has been released. You'll get all the games you want, and the coding environments are far better than anything you'll find on linux. Linux is ok for small portable devices, but it really isn't desktop material at all.
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