wheel - 1:58 pm on Mar 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Someone noted above about paid version. Yes, I'm using Mandriva. The few bucks I pay every year for the paid version gives me access to the latest releases, faster downloads, and easier access to some upgrades as noted above. None of those are realistically worth very much these days. I primarily pay to salve my conscience that I'm not freeloading quite as badly. Though honestly, given what I get (multiple PC licenses, multiple servers licenses, licenses for my mother's and sister's computer....).
Mack, rather than dual booting, look into virtualbox. You can install windows natively (you'll need the window's cd's) right inside linux. So it runs as an app. Downside, with one OS running inside another I've found it lags. Upside, no dual booting, I've found dual booting to be a pain. If you're only running the occassional windows app, it's nice to just open a window, run it, then close windows. And because it's just another app, installing virtualbox will be less intrusive than restarting an install with a dual boot.
In terms of the remote desktop, running gui programs through an ssh shell is awesome. Because I run the same versions of linux on my desktop and my servers, I just open an ssh terminal on my server, type in the name of the admin gui, and I'm administering my servers remotely with a gui - with no gui installed on the server. I don't know if Windows has a similiar feature, but it's a great advantage to working on servers under linux.