Why Should I switch to Linux?
I have searched around the Web for an appropriate answer/place to submit this question, haven't found it yet. If this is not the spot, kindly redirect me. :lol:
I use my computer for 3 major things (at home): games (3D type), wordproc/business stuff, syncing with palm pilot.
I have two hard drives, and was considering partitioning one of them to have Mandrake Linux (or other type, not sure what type or if at all) as a boot option. Currently, my slave HDD has Windows ME on it, because it has tons of information I didn't want to lose, and I didn't want to spend oodles of dollars buying MS Word/Outlook/etc on top of Windows XP for my main HDD. Most of this information is on my Palm pilot (Palm 515) configured to hotsync with Outlook. Of course, I do NOT have outlook on XP. Again, it was the shock producing prices that kept me from re-buying Outlook etc when I upgraded my computer.
I am going to upgrade again shortly (new CPU/Mobo/RAM), and was planning on re-formatting the hard drive anyway. Got to thinking about Linux. Here are my questions (sorry for rambling):
1. Will linux allow me to sync my palm pilot and include calendars/contacts/data on the HDD for backup? I also use some programs that auto-update on the Web.
I am assuming I would need either a new PDA (~~$400 for comparable maybe) and a lot of transfer of data by hand. But if there is a solution I am keenly interested. This would be my biggest reason to switch or not switch, as the data on my palm pilot makes my life less complicated.
2. If I use Mandrake or other forms of Linux stuff, how compatible are the documents with MS-Office? Would they also be compatible with docs created by MS-office?
3. I assume Linux does not currently support some of the aggressive 3D graphics sound etc, but what does the future look like?
Thanks for any insight in advance.
System specs for reference (atm):
P4 2.533 [bumping up to 2.6 ghz 800 FSB soon]
512 MB RAM
WD 7200 HDD (master 80 GB, slave is 40GB)
Radeon 9700 Pro
Audigy 2 with THX 5.1 Speakers