I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but I'm sure that Bob will move it if he thinks it's the wrong one
Anyway, I've purchased a Spyder2 Express recently and have tried to calibrate my monitor. Since I'm on Linux, I'm unable to use the supplied software and have to rely instead on an open source implementation called ArgyllCMS. I've read a few blogs and articles on the web stating that ArgyllCMS works fine with the Spyder2 Express, and after experimenting it does run and I get an ICC/ICM profile at the end of it.
Now my question is, is that the right profile? It seems to pump the contrast and darkens (reduces the gamma?) the display, making colours seem darker and more "rich". This seems to mirror my experience when printing photos as most of my prints appear much darker than what I see on my monitor. But is it correct? Do most calibrated displays appear darker and more contrasty?
I'm almost tempted to install Windows just to check this out.