I had posted a reference article “Vista - To go or not to” where I had mentioned that if everything what you need to work on is available on a desktop operating system that comes for free then why pay so much for an operating system such as Vista. Well if you say that Windows has cool visual effects that can be unmatched, hold on, watch this YouTube video “Don’t Buy Windows Vista - Get Ubuntu for free“. Though the windows manager for linux add-on Beryl project is in its earlier stages, it is there. More good things on the visual effects to come on the Linux desktop systems. A significant advantage is that they work on a regular PC that doesn’t require hi-fi system configuration.
Also see - “Linux Desktop Based Development Environment“.