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Oh boy, you don't know yet what you are about to create.... There are tons of threads dedicated to the subject, so it might take you more than a year to go through them... But it is doable with only a search button away.
it just works. freedom from future licensing restrictions, forced paid upgrades and intrusive spyware from both the os provider and 3rd party developers.
you may have to think a little during install. then again you might not have to - depends on your hardware. six month after switching you will probably not even consider windows an alternative to linux. seriously.
if i buy a pair of shoes then i want to be able to determine when it's time for a new pair. and i don't want my shoes contacting the manufacture to tell them where I go, what paths I take and how long I stay there. =)
Pro: Stable (unless you screw something up) flexable, tons of options, constantly updated, inexpensive, you learn more about your computer
Con: Some hardware support, software installation is a bit archaic, very little game support, apps (dozens of apps that all do the same thing but not ones that does what you need them too..subpar apps for a better OS) Too much reading redundant man pages for hours looking for that one paragraph that may actually help and then hoping it will work. Your forced to learn more about your computer than you really wanted or need to know. Dependencies suck.. you don't need to find them yourself nearly as much as you used to, but they still suck all around. Overly complex.
pro: stable, forces you to learn and you can wear cool clothes with tux on them
con: If you screw something it'll be very, very early in the morning as you stare blanky at a screen, incoherently mummbling "why won't you work, why?"
Takes a while to get everything working perfectly