I think I have been running Linux since Red Hat 6.2, maybe 6.1. Used that for a while, then Mandrake, then Suse, and now Mint (Ubuntu). There is no going back to Windows for me. The last version I seriously used was 98, and now I get rather panicked when someone asks me to do something on a Windows computer. I just don't remember the workings anymore.
Anyway, I went 'birding' this morning and ran another few hundred shutters click off the camera. In part, I did a handheld series of shots thinking I could try and make a panorama. When I got back home, and started looking at really doing the panorama, I found it was 41 shots. I doubted my computer had enough power to do that, but decided to try the whole thing and see what happened.
Loaded them all into Hugin, and after a bit of manual tweaking between two frames, it was able to crank out a nice panorama! It is about 35,000 pixels wide and 800 high, representing an arc of maybe 150 degrees, shot with a 300mm lens on the D300. It is a shot of about 600 Sandhill Cranes feeding in a corn stubble field. Somehow it seems Hugin "took care of it" when the cranes moved between exposures. It is not great photographically, I should have used a tripod, and the depth of field is inadequate for the subject. But I am still amazed at the resulting panoroma (warning, 6 MB file).