Actually you can try Fedora Distribution. Here are my strict suggestions for a successful migration:
* Install everything from Fedora DVD (Do not ignore Games, Graphics, Programming tools, just install everything).
- reason ? actually you will install all required dependants this way. Manually installing them on demand is sometimes annoying.
* Use Netbeans, or Bluefish, or some great IDE, which it allows you to jump start your programming.
* Try writing PHP scripts, your scripts sometimes can replace all your core java based programs, and C non-Gui apps.
- this is a suggestion from me, although I am a core C, and Linux Kernel guy.
* for GUI apps, you can use Java based apps (USING NETBEANS), you can make it even based triggers, much like
you code VB, VC++ based apps.
- moreover these programs you do in Linux, your customers can use them in Windows, mobile phones, etc !
- so in other words your programs are platform independent.
* learn Linux single liner scripts for example here is a single liner script (nested via pipe) for you:
[root@koi ~]# ifconfig | grep "inet"
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
inet addr:126.96.36.199 P-t-P:188.8.131.52 Mask:255.255.255.255
inet addr:192.168.122.1 Bcast:192.168.122.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
In fact being my firm as a start-up from day one, I dont need to get into hassles of proprietary software dependency.
(pretty much I mean is your context). I am also against STRICTLY STEALING and PIRATED STUFF !
So I choose Open-Source for everything. I love Open-Office (now LibreOffice), being a CEO I love LibreOffice, I can get professional documents with professional looking fonts. I can export them in PDF, Libreoffice calc, draw I use very often to make graphics, logos and other office promo. And little occasional usage of Gimp.
The big picture is many fail to understand ...
It is not a question of FREE vs. Commercial PAID,
It is a question of your organization dependency of Open-Source vs. MANY commercial paid software/tools.
My laptop is now Linux (works always and extremely fast, what a business laptop is meant to be).
Being a businessman/founder of my firm, still I code, all my desktops in my office are Linux workstations.
For rare scenarios (IE tests) we use 1-2 Windows OS desktops, but still I do not have any huge dependency on commercial apps. and commercial OS.
Wish you all the good luck in your business !
I hope these tips helps you and many more.
Cheers, Kiran Kankipati.
Let us monopolize Open-Source !