So, my primary HDD that hosted my Gentoo install (Seagate if anybody is interested, my WD's have been problem-free) went on the fritz over the weekend. It would boot, run for about 10 minutes, then die. SO, I decided since I was going to be doing an OS install, that I'd try something I haven't used in a little while: Solaris. Downloaded the Solaris 10 x86 DVD, which installed the 64-bit version on my system. Observations so far: 1. The included NVidia drivers suck. Hardcore. 2D performance is AWFUL. Luckily, NVidia offers Solaris drivers right on their website, and once installed, performance is as good as it was in Linux. And the install is MUCH easier. 2. Network card support is not up to par with Linux. My on-board Marvell Gigabit NIC was not detected during the install. I had to install a 3COM 905CX-TX and do an unconfigure to set it up. 3. The Sun Update Manager is having a VERY hard time connecting and retrieving updates. I have resorted to downloading them manually and using patchadd to install them. 4. Boot time is fantastic, and the interface is clean. It feels more "polished" than Linux, and I would expect it to since it is a commercial UNIX product. 5. I wish it had native support for ReiserFS, it is going to make retrieving data from my other drives difficult. Overall, I'm enjoying my Solaris experience.