Well i thought it's about time i posted about my experience as there seems to be many people posting their negative expereinces. I am a linux rookie (this is my third release - so probably not nub anymore), but still fairly new to the OS and learning everyday. I did a fresh install onto a whole disk about 4 days ago now and while i initially thought the install process took longer than 7.04 & 6.06 it still worked flawlessy with all my periphials (HP Printer, Apple 20" Cinema Dispaly, ipods, usb hub) being recognised OOB and the screen resolution being detected (1680 * 1050). Installing the Nvidia restricted drivers was a simple task and again, worked flawlessly - now my desktop cube and effects are also humming. From there it was time to begin re-installing all my tweaks, beginning with flash for firefox. While i admit i'm using the 'non-free' plugin, i am stoked that there now exists a 64 bit version and it installed simply.
Skype still seems to be an issue in 64 bit, however i found a great project from Cappy called getlibs which solves 32 bit dependency issues. What a great project this is, and for what it's worth, massive kudos goes to Cappy for this one ***kudos*** So i had the basics running, now it's time to setup my development environment beginning with the LAMP server. I installed these through synaptic and it was again extremely simple to do, the only 'challenge' was remembering to create the symbolic link into my /var/www/ directory for the phpmyadmin pages (hehe for lazy admin in dev environment). Then i was up and running without issue. Admittedly, i have left the hardest part to last as i have to try to install java and phpeclipse tonight but i'm sure i will be able to sort this out as well...
Lastly, and this is what is going to kill my windows install completely (hehe), the ETQW linux client has been released and now this game is happily running on my gutsy system, this was the easiest install of the lot to be honest - to those that say linux isn't for gamers, it appears that ID & Splash Damage have found the way forward on this front.
Anyway, this is why i've voted for the install - worked flawlessy option, because it did