- Use Kopete to sign in to AOL IM and Y!IM and do video chats with friends/family.
- Use Skype to place telephone calls over the internet (and gives my unlimited calling in North America for ~$25/year.)
- Browse teh Internets.
- Manage my church's webpage. This includes using FTP to upload the new PDF bulletins, and ripping the weeks sermon, processing the audio, and saving it as mp3 files and uploading those to the website, and updating the website code to reflect the new additions. I would like to add that this is all much easier to do in Linux than in Windows, especially the FTPing.
- Use my wireless router so I can use the laptop around the house wherever I want.
- Log into any computer in the house, from any computer in the house. I can log into another computer, even if it's currently in use by another person, and it won't affect them at all. I am given my own new workspace that is independant of the local user.
- Use Lacy Lightscribe to draw pictures and text on the top of my laptop CD/DVD's.
- Burn CD/DVDs.
- Backup my music and videos.
The hardest part for me is not being that annoying Linux's Witness guy that preaches the gospel as if his/her soul relied on converting people over. I really do like my Linux a lot. I also want others to discover this same happines, but I have to remember it's just an OS, and most people just don't care. They use Windows because it's what's there and it's what they know. They have no interest in relearning anything. It just doesn't matter enough to them. I have to respect that. I also have to respect that for many people Windows probably is the better choice. When I buy hardware I have to research how well it supports Linux. When I go to a store I have to realize that software wasn't written for my OS (though I usually have no problems finding free software the does what I want done.) Most people don't care enough to go through this.
So should you try Linux? I would say absolutely. You can download somehting called a Live CD. With the Live CD you simply put the CD in your CD drive and reboot. It will boot from the CD into the operating system, without touching your hard drive. From there you can see what it's like to use the operating system. Once you are done you simply remove the CD from your drive and reboot and you are back from whence you came.
Should you use Linux? Well, that's up to you. Try it and see if you like it. If you don't, the only thing you've lost is a blank CD.