I've been reading some of the copious (and sometimes almost unrelated) documentation of emacs, and I'm now considering switching entirely to a GNU/Linux setup as well as releasing iKalk under the GPL (maybe after I clean some of the source up; it's really ugly =]). I like the idea of GNU, and I've used Linux before. In fact, I've been very pleased by both Linux and the programs for it. It's been stable and fairly easy-to-use. And I'm in love with BASH; it's so much more powerful than CMD. I mainly use FLOSS software: OpenOffice, the Mozilla suite, Eclipse, Audacity. The one thing that really has me worried is those few Windows-only apps. For instance, I need to be able to run Microsoft Publisher, and I'm loathe to leave PowerPoint behind. It's just more powerful than OO Impress. And there's ReBirth, a software synth that's available free. I've only got 30 GB of space on my hard drive, so dual-boot is pretty much out of the question. And at 1.2 GHz, virtualizing anything is horrible. Anyone want to contribute to the pot for a new laptop for me? I'm aware of Wine, just not sure how well it runs those programs (need to check Wine HQ; someone want to do this for me, please?). And then there's C and C++. I know Linux is an excellent platform for learning those languages, but most books will expect you to have all the Windows APIs, right?
Any advice/ideas/derision will be appreciated.