I stopped playing Descent 3 when my IBM no longer had a stable Internet connection. Even though I can now plug in this wireless USB adapter on my desk to it, the connection never appears to be stable enough.
* Androgeos Exeunt attempts to quote Glowhyena 21847135376451782 times.
...like today, for instance.
I don't use FreeSapce Open for my FreeSpace series, I'm okay with black sides in left and right in my 16:9 widescreen LCD.
You should get it, you know. You won't be able to play a lot of the current user-made campaigns if you don't. If you want to retain the look and feel of the original, you can do so, even if you have FS2_Open. Case in point...
* Androgeos Exeunt points at his IBM/Lenovo Thinkcentre 8294, which runs FS2_Open without any eye-candy.