Welcome to LQ. As you are probably already aware, it is a great resource.
I see you are still using Win 2k and that there are some "must have" apps you use on it. What you would gain by adding Linux to the mix is the ability be online safely with an up to date operating system and be able to use your Win 2k as long as you wish.
I have used Mandrake/Mandriva versions from 6.x thru the current 2008 and they have made me curse sometimes but "some Linux knowledge" has solved the issues.
Hopefully you will be able to use Linux as you wish.
Last edited by 2damncommon; 12-01-2007 at 02:14 PM.