Bosco wrote:Thank you everyone. I may give Linux on a thumb drive a shot. How does that work with the apps I currently have on mac?
You're welcome; for your Mac apps you'd choose to boot into your Mac OS on startup. If you want to install Linux on your hard drive later you'd partition your HD and have Mac on one partition and Linux on another. I use Ubuntu but still have a Windows XP partition although I haven't booted into XP for well over a year.
Bosco wrote:Would I need to download Linux versions?
No, if Linux works the same way on a Mac you can keep your Mac apps on the Mac partition, but you have to boot into the Mac OS first to use them. You can access your Mac files when you're in Linux though.
Bosco wrote: I use Adobe Illustrator probably the most, is this available?
For Linux, I don't think so but you should check that yourself because I'm pretty unfamiliar with the Apple world.