I had a spare HD which I stuck in my computer and I installed kubuntu on it. Linux is great. The only problem is I haven't gotten it to work with my motherboard's wireless card.
But really I'm writing to say that WINE (it's a program that will run windows programs under linux) is way better than I thought it would be. I can still run all the windows programs I need to.
OK, I'm done geeking out for the moment now.