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That depends on your use for it. You can install a network printer on your linux box to which you can print documents and it mails back the pdf document. I believe this functions quite nicely (also from windows). If this is what you need, let me know, then I will ask a friend of mine who is using it how he has done it.
If not, converting from word to pdf automatically is mostly dramatic, the only way to get from word to pdf with a somewhat descent document is by loading the word doc into OpenOffice 1.1+ and export it as a pdf. Another option is to create a postscript file from windows, you can do this using any postscript printer and then converting it to pdf using ps2pdf14 if you don't have it, install Ghostscript: http://www.cups.org/ghostscript.php
I hope this helps you, if you need the first option, let me know,
Get openoffice 1.1 It has PDF Export capability built-in. Works great BTW.
Why Openoffice? There's Libreoffice available now since OO got eaten by oracle and now dumped by Oracle to Apache. I don't know about Redhat but Libreoffice is available from the repos of most distros.
Why 1.1? AFAIK ALL versions contain an "export as pdf" feature. I use Libreoffice 188.8.131.52 and it has it.