DON'T GO LINUX!!!!
I tried it. It's a pain in the ass. The Live CDs are ok, but they're just that CDs!
Mandrake's RPM based system (and all RPM based systems) means you have to keep updating your libraries everytime you want to install a new program, and watch out, because by doing so you might disable another program which needed those old libraries. Slackware is a pain in the ass to configure, and if you're computer is for home or business, and your business isn't computer configurations, and you're not a computer geek... stick to windows. I would try other distribtions, but i'm don't have the time to be messing around... I've watsed enough time.
Linux may be great, but why pain yourself through all that I've gone through since July. You're gonna have to keep Windows around anyway just to run the monopolized windows based programs.
I was once a believer in the linux revolution. Today, I say:
If you really want to do it, you will find a way; if you don't, you'll make excuses.