I've been thinking of giving myself an open source challenge and trying to work for a week with just open source software. I think its possible, but not easy, so the question is---how hard is it? I won't let my work suffer because of it and I don't have a lot of extra time to be configuring things and loading them up.
So, with that in mind, I repartitioned my laptop and installed Redhat Linux 7.3 (Valhalla) on it yesterday. I've been a long time FreeBSD user (built a whole company on it), but have used Linux in my class and on my home Samba server for the last couple of years.
I actually started out to install FreeBSD 4.4 just to see what it was like lately. I got it installed, and started fiddling with the X server config and got tired of it. Redhat was a dream in comparison. It recognized that I was doing a laptop installation, found the right X server and fired right up with 1400x1050 screen resolution, audio working, etc. I'm thinking that getting the wireless card working will be a chore (I did it once last summer).
I also installed OpenOffice 1.0.1. I've been a longtime StarOffice user, but find it difficult enough to use, that I usually go back to Word when the chips are flying. I'm sure OpenOffice us similar, but on Linux, there's no Word to go back to. I was happy to find GAIM, an AOL Instant Messenger replacement that works well since that's one of my other "must have" apps.
Two things I know right now aren't going to work: Groupwise and Radio. I can run Groupwise in a Windows emulator. I'll probably just have to keep using Windows for Radio. One nice thing about being on Linux is I could go back to using MH in emacs for my personal mail (no finer mail reading system ever devised by man).