In the summer of 2011 I, at the insistence of my older brother, installed Debian on a partition on my hard drive. At first I was a fan purely due to to the better boot times, and the more practical layout. But as time went on I noticed a few issues.
Since I didn’t really know what I was doing, my brother acted, and still acts, as my sysadmin. He remotely will update Debian whenever we both happen to be online at the same time. I’m hoping that by the end of the class I will be able to do most of that myself, and only utilize him for major issues or things that I don’t actually understand.
Debian also uses Icedove as an email client. Although the initial set up was a little more confusing, it works better than Outlook, except that it can’t see what I do on my Windows partition, which makes the crossover difficult, since most of my data is stored in Outlook. I have the same issue with Iceweasel and Firefox. I tend to just leave tabs up, so when I switch Operating Systems, I don’t remember what I had up on the other and what I need up.