> Traditionally speaking (past decade or so) you have always been far more
> productive in the majority of corporate environments by using a Windows
> desktop, installing a bunch of unix-related admin tools, and then having a
> separate Linux node you did your Linux/Unix hacking and administrative
> tasks from.
This isn't so anymore. I'm not talking about RedHat releases in particular (which aren't too suitable for desktop usage, since they are too far apart and fall behind rapid desktop advancements). In general however, any modern and up to date Linux distro can feel way more productive to use than Windows.