They do, sorry for that. Virus' can exist in two places; the wild, and in the lab. Virus' exist in both places for Linux, but the last time I read an article I believe only 40 or so virus' had been officially recognised as being in the wild. By "the wild" I mean in the internet, and there is a possibility of infection, but the likelihood of that happening is very low, after all, many millions of virus' exist for Windows platforms. EDIT: Virus' that exist in the lab are known virus', in a secured environment and not available in the wild. Virus' that exist in the wild are known virus' that are found online, and could be anywhere at any given point. Your emails will be fine. I regularly use gmail in both Linux and Windows without any issues whatsoever. If you log into your email through the browser, nothing will need changing in Linux - Just carry on the same way as you do now. Your music will also play fine. You might need to install "mp3" codecs, which you'll be asked to do the first time you play a MP3 music file, but other than that, they'll work just the same. I would however recommend you move your music collection to a physical hard disk (your data partition I suggested is an ideal place for files like these), as flash drives are known to fail and/or corrupt. Some Windows based AV software is available for Linux, but I would highly recommend BitDefender free, which I use on all my Linux installs. Its totally free, and a reputable company that performs very well in AV tests and reviews. No problems with the advice, I'm always happy to help people decide if Linux is for them, or not as the case sometimes is.