Surprised you're giving Linux props about video drivers! (or lack thereof). Linux is even more terrible when it comes to 2D accelerated video. It takes more system resources to watch a DVD, and Flash video is insanely taxing with the Linux flash addon. I've got a Pentium II 450MHz, 160MB ram, 3.2GB hdd rig that I use to play DVDs. Runs great on Windows ME (gasp!). It uses a Rage128 PCI card, and due to Power DVD's ability to access the GPU-accelerated HMC and iDCT, It plays DVDs flawlessly with only 50% CPU usage. Not even possible in Linux.