While this is slightly off-topic here, I'd like to help you, stranger in the dark, to see the light of Linux ;)
First of all, some myths:
- Linux is command line.
- Wrong, although everything can be done from the command line interface, a lot of things now have GUIs, which makes it undoubtly easier to make the switch. After you've messed around with Linux though, you will come to understand the beauty of the CLI.
- Linux doesn't have as many apps as Windows
- Most likely true, but for most Windows apps, you have great alternatives. Many websites, like this one show the alternatives. For years I have been using Linux now and I cannot think of any application that Windows offers and Linux doesn't.
- Linux is hard to learn.
- So was Windows! Try to put your grandparents in front of a Windows system (if they have never used it) and see how *not* intuitive most things are, that the majority of Windows users take for granted. Linux is different, but far from hard to understand.
- "Open Source? Who cares, I'm not a programmer!"
- The beauty of Open Source software is not that *you* have to change everything, it's about that *anyone* can change anything (read: improve). Even although you might not be a kernel hacker, other people are, who will help *you* out by improving the software and kernel.
Ok, that said, I wish you well into this journey :) Although Linux might scare you at first a little (although I doubt that with all the GUI installers and what not of nowadays), don't give up. I would suggest you'd start of with a shell somewhere on some server (webhoster? friend?) and just look around and feel the strength of a shell. After that, install some Linux flavor on your own machine (might even think of a dual boot system, so you can easilly switch back to Windows when something is p*ssing you off ;) You will notice that you're switching back to Windows less and less. Besides that: read, read, read! There's a lot to learn, but the basics are quite easy to obtain. Just lurk around some newsgroups, use your friend
a lot and don't be affraid to try stuff (while not being logged in as root ;)
You will find a lot of helpful people around the 'net that will help you with your questions. IRC, USENET, or even mail your local geek.
You won't be a BOFH
within a week, maybe not even within 6 months, but you'll learn everyday :)
I wish you a bon voyage and welcome to the free world!