This article in Rochester Democrat and Chrionciel shows that Linux is getting a broader acceptance.
Thsy try Linux (Ubuntu) here
Oh, and here's the best part: Linux is free. Not just the operating system, but all those applications. Depending on the version of Linux you get, that can be 20,000, 30,000 or more.
There are a lot of different versions of Linux. One of the easiest to use is called Ubuntu (find out more at www.ubuntu .com). What's particularly cool about Ubuntu is that not only can you download a CD that lets you install it, but you can also download a “live” CD. Reboot the system with the live CD and you're suddenly running Ubuntu Linux from the CD. This lets you play around with Linux without ever having to install it.