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Okay, so I'm reading the "Get Started with Linux" article from maximumpc, and thinking maybe now's the time to switch: XP is getting old and I don't want to pay a ton of money for a new OS and new hardware. And, I use firefox, paint.net, skype, vlc, all stuff that should work on linux.

These two are big questions:

I have a windows mobile phone, I have microsoft office on XP, I have my calendar and contacts in outlook that's synced with my phone, how can this be transferred to Linux?

What do I do about my ipod, as far as syncing with it and subscribing to podcasts?

Here's the specs, for your information.
Athlon64 3000+ winchester
2x512mb corsair pc4400 ram
250gb sata western digital hd
ati x800xl 256mb
dfi nforce4 ultra

Any additional advice would be highly appreciated.
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what do you mean by WINDOWS mobile phone?? Microsoft office programs,as well as iTunes can be installed through codeweavers Crossover Office suite. It allows you to install windows programs alot easier than just using wine (WINdows Emulator)
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what do you mean by WINDOWS mobile phone?? Microsoft office programs,as well as iTunes can be installed through codeweavers Crossover Office suite. It allows you to install windows programs alot easier than just using wine (WINdows Emulator)
I'm assuming he means he has a "smartphone" that's running Windows Mobile.
    
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also openoffice (a free office-ish program for linux) can open and edit any ms office document/file
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But can my phone sync with outlook, can I install a pc office suite on linux and it will all work?
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I don't know about syncing your phone with it, but the office suite should work. Really what you should do is set up a linux install alongside windows ( Dual-boot) and just play with it to see if you like it
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dual boot is the way to go, i have that setup on my laptop and i will have that on my desktop as well
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Windows on a phone. Now thats SCARY.

Linux FTW.

Unfortunately Vista Came with my free Laptop I havn't got around to changing it yet.
    
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just grab a live cd... any of them as there are about a million different distros to choose from and see what works and what doesnt. if something doesnt then its time to start googling to find out why
    
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