i am in the process of buying a new computer, and actually considering installing linux as an OS instead of making gill bates even richer.
now i have never seen or used linux in my life, so i'd appreciate if you guys could help me with a few answers:
1- can the common desktop software be installed on linux OS? i mean things like MS office apps, photoshop, corel, antivirus, firewall ...
2- it seems that many linux users actually use dual booting and run windows as alternative. why? if linux is as good as they say, they wouldn't need windows, would they?
3- will it make my life a nightmare when it comes to drivers, plug&play, usb, ... ? or will it work as easily as windows?
4- there are plenty of distributions. how important is the choice of one of them? does only the grafical interface differ, or do they have real differences in the programm?
5- are there any major drawbacks i should be aware of?
thanx a lot in advance