I'm sure you've had enough of "which distro is for me" type questions, but I'm even wondering if I can get away with Linux in the first place. If any of you are linux + numbers nerd, this question is for you. I've been pretty keen about trying Debian, as the stability factor really appeals to me. Ubuntu sounds pretty good too, but the fact that it uses "unstable" kernels puts me off a bit -- I'd rather use proven stable, albeit not cutting edge, distros if possible. But the more important factor is that fact that I've come used to some reeeeally helpful Windows programs like SPSS and certain Excel plugins like Palisades DecisionTools software. These allow me to do some cool things like cluster analysis, linear programming, Decision Trees, Monte-Carlo simulations in a rather straightforward manner. I've tried looking for Linux freeware equivalents, but I'm not seeing much, other than OpenOffice being able to do some optimization stuff straight out of the package. ...And I just found out that I can download Windows 7 for US$30 with an email address that I have (an .edu address), so is the switch even worth it?