Sofware Substitutions and Wine
I am about to buy a new laptop, and would like to run linux (I have not decided on a distribution yet), provided I can find either substitutions for these essential programs for me or can run them fluidly on wine.
Office 2007 (I personally hate open office, so I would like to be able to run the actual office from linux)
Lightroom (I need a program that can handle RAW images and allow me to quickly edit a large number of photos, aka, not GIMP)
Itunes (I am not sold on Itunes, but I like the ease that I can get podcasts)
A Good Video Editor
A Good Photo viewer
Also, I will be trying to find a way to sync this laptop with a desktop and an external hard drive. Any software suggestions for syncing the laptop with a desktop over a network would be great as well. Thanks.