I'm quite new to linux, like 6 months old.
What pushed me to linux is windows 8, plain and simple. I was "beta testing" it since december 2011 and first I liked it, but then it grew sour on me and 6 months later, when I tried to push the charms bar back in it's pit while I just wanted to use the scroll bar one time too often, i got angry. I mean more than usual, and I browsed for a linux distribution. I saw ubuntu (which I did try some years ago without much success), and I didn't like either printscreen or the fuss about unity. I stumbled on a mint printscreens, and I was sold.
1 hour later I was using mint 13 Cinnamon, and I was blown away. This thing looks nice, and unlike past experiences, it installed without much fuss. But what struck me most is that, after a couple hours of normal use, I felt calm, zen. It was like I was in japanese bamboo garden on the foot of a mountain, birds singing around, a nice cup of hot strange tea in my hands. Or at least in my head. I didn't shout once at my computer, and didn't sigh in frustration 10 time per hour anymore. I realized then I was not stressed out by fear of going in the metro menu, or activating that dreaded charms bar. Mint is not going against me, pestering me, I can concentrate on what I do best (watching youtube videos
The only thing I miss from windows is total commander, cause I used it since 1997. I don't miss games, since my last windows games were supreme commander 1 and modern warfare 1. And things like node, eclipse, sublimetext integrates more smoothly on linux.
Until wiindows 8, I was kept at bay by missing drivers, or more like the fear of them. But now I took the plunge, I definitely like the waters I dwelling in, and there is no way I'm going back.
Well roselan, I was a longtime Windows user too, and I worried about drivers. Then I came to understand that in Linux, one doesn't need drivers, or rather, they're built-in to the kernel, so there's no messing around with them for the end user, with few exceptions (*ATI, possibly NVIDIA? but that's completely optional, not necessary at all, and many do without the proprietary drivers altogether--I do without 'em on my laptop). With Windows I needed a driver for every little thing, but with Linux, it's pretty much good to go from the get-go, a no-brainer on certain hardware. Linux still has difficulty with some hardware, some motherboards, but by picking and choosing your hardware, you come out on top.
Definitely see no advantage to Windows for Internet surfing...and the only game I play is online chess...at chess.com...so that settles that. And after you discover K3B for dvd/cd burning, honey, that's all she wrote...k3b is better than any Windows burner I'm familiar with... just blows them away, completely away. Once I found k3b, I was like, yes, this is it, Linux has won, end of story. For cd/dvd creation, k3b is tops and free by the way. It is almost enough by itself to make me want to jump over to the desktop KDE, whose developers also made k3b. I definitely will give KDE a look one of those days.
I don't do much in the way of word processing but LibreOffice looks completely respectable, nothing amiss there. I get the feeling some of my friends sniff at my Linux because it doesn't have Office, but you know, they aren't doing anything complex, and I think it's just snobbishness really, looking down on something because you don't have to pay a couple hundred dollars for it. Microsoft has the snob appeal, you know, the brand and all that comes with it. But you got to pay $ if you want to be a snob, and the $ doesn't necessarily get you anything in return other than vanity.