I apologize if this is the wrong forum, I couldn't decide whether here or the Windows one. But you guys are the open source experts so here goes.
Can you tell me if, generally speaking, open source programs such as Foxit, Gimp Shop, Open Office, etc are being updated for Windows 7. Because, after using Foxit and playing with Open Office briefly, when I build my new comp and move over to it there is going to be damn few "mainstream" programs bought and loaded in.
One last question directly related to this forum, which video platform best supports open source, nVidia or ATI? I ask because I plan on setting up a dual boot and trying some open source prog's and playing arround with trying to get some mainstream games to work in Linux. If it matters at this point I have down loaded 2 or 3 distros for testing. I have no idea which is best for me but based on MPC articles I am leaning towards Ubuntu to start with.
Ubuntu is indeed a good place to get your feet wet.
All of those programs you mentioned seems to work just fine in my Win7 installation. (I havn't tried Fox-it yet though)
ATI/nVidia.... I think nVidia is the best bet at this point. I've experienced less hassle getting the drivers to work well.
Ubuntu has a setting that will activate the drivers easily called "Restricted Drivers"
It may work with ATI as well now but nVidia for sure.
Well you should do a bit more research on that before you dive in.
Linux isn't a gamers choice operating system. Some will work, most will not.