well ...fear is natural..but the programs included with the free download of vl5.9 std gold rival any program windows includes by such a large degree that a few fonts of limited actual useage seems hardly an excuse for not testing further.
k3b is perhaps the best tool for burning cd and dvd and requires you to run it once as root prior to useing as user.
playing cd and dvd is as simple as opening xine and clicking cd or dvd and there is additional choice of playing cd and mp3 via xmms and playing movies in mplayer..the cd does not auto play as with windows somewhat cheesy cd player as there are several options not one.
the abiword word processor is far better than winwrite or what ever it was called and medit is so much better than notepad all I can suggest is adding metapad to windows which is a freeware for windows..even it is lesser...cups for printers has a wide selection of drivers and is as simple to use as the browser and is found in vasm a splendid root tool
perhaps you installed vl-light ...vlburn is a very good light burner and seems to work very well for me on vl-light although I am spoiled by k3b...
perhaps you installed vl5.9 soho...I can hardly imagine win2000 a preferance
I have winXP but have to admit I used damnsmall or puppy on a thumb for internet as xp was always at risk..I found that that little 256meg thumb did everything windows could do better and cost 20 bucks for the drive..it also had xmms, xine, k3b and abiword with spellcheck,printing, plus firefox and opera amoung others.
if you do not like the default xfce window manager in std you may customize fluxbox, jwm, twm or install kde..you have considerable choice conpared to windows...I run a screensaver as wallpaper in fluxbox and the icons are what ever I want includeing windows ones and are stored in a drawer that rolls out at will and disappears when you take the pointer off it
if you have a desire and a few bucks to spare perhaps confidence can be had by aquireing a used computer..my first was ten dollars at a yard sale..this one cost 50 but I aquired all the parts seperately at yard sales and built it myself...I have no issues playing cd's and watching movies, typeing and printing documents, reading pdf books, downloading and burning iso,installing desired programs...it is great fun and for the cost of a program for windows that is likely included in any distro you download or is free to addon with the click of a button...
vector linux is without question a superior alternative to anything windows has produced. compare on two units with any windows install and a vector install and you will discover the differance. like it or not.
If you have any issues the forum is glad to assist, simply provide enough information about the unit and the issue so others in the community can help you move on.
my guess is 2000 is just familiar and works for you, and that is fine also, computers after all are just appliances...one likes hover another whirlpool
best of luck to you