Thanks for the replies, I saw CERN and Fermilabs attached to the distro and my inner geek kind of came out. I know my school itself runs its NMR and IR machines off of windows boxes/software, and I love chemsketch for the tool that it is even with it's limitations in naming unless you buy a license.
Other than my physics prof I doubt anyone in the chemistry department has or would touch Linux, they are to used to windows and the tools they have been using for years on it so the likely hood of them actually being able to name some equivalent programs is slim.
I may still look into the distro/programs more because the idea of some open source program doing as much or more than $1k+ programs is nice to me (nothing will replace my Merck Index unfortunately, the Windows version of it is amazing).
Thanks again for the replies though