graeme_p - 6:51 pm on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
I use rsync with a GUI called Grsync.
Games: yes, sadly, this is one area where Windows is way ahead. Hard-core gamers are not likely to be happy with Linux. That said, do try the games available for Linux. I hardly ever played games, and only simple ones, but I have recently got addicted to Battle for Wesnoth.
Also, do try customising you desktop, you can gradually get it to suit the way you work. For example, I use KDE 4 with three panels, 1) on left with a start button (not much used), the system tray, system monitor, and frequently used apps and logout and lock buttons, 2) auto hidden at the top, with just a Windows/Next style task bar, and 3) auto hidden at the bottom, with just a desktop "pager" (switcher). Temperature, moon phase and Wastebin are on the otherwise bare desktop. I wish Webmaster World allowed screenshots! I am not suggesting you should copy that, but just that you should not stay with the defaults.
Thanks for this thread Mack. It is the most interesting commentary I have read from someone trying Linux.