Not sure about decent camera forums....
You will need some kind of RAW converter - not necessarily photoshop and one might have come bundled with the camera.
RAW files haven't been fiddled about with in terms of sharpness, white balance, noise reduction etc. like the default jpegs will have been fiddled with by the camera's built in processing.
RAW files 'should' result in better quality images, but it depends what you are doing with them really, as to whether you will notice the difference or not.
You can recover detail from a RAW file that you might not be able to get from the jpeg version - for example, subtle cloud detail in a bright sky.
FWIW, I have never bothered with RAW. The files are too large, I can't be doing with processing every file and whenever I have done a direct comparison between RAW (processed by myself) & JPEG (as directly outputted by my camera) I haven't noticed any difference worth bothering with.
RAW files will probably slow your camera down a bit - depends what you are shooting as to whether that is a problem or not. Biggest issue will be shot to shot times. I know on lower end compacts that have a RAW function, this can be several seconds.
You will also not be able to store as many images on a card - although probably not an issue given that 32Gb cards aren't exactly expensive.
I would see if you have a RAW converter bundled with your camera and if so, take some RAW & JPEG shots of the same scene and compare them. You'll probably be able to decide quickly for yourself if it's something worth bothering with.
A mate of mine only shoots RAW, but for me I really don't think it's worth it.