Try linux...it's a revelation!
It is going to take a lot more of your time at first to understand how to use it and overcome teething difficulties. You will get this time back many times over once you have "learned to drive" linux. It isn't as hard as it looks but it is not a piece of cake like Windows.
Learning requires a lot of web searches and forum discussions.
If possible, install linux on a separate disk drive from other OS's that you depend on such as Windows. This will make your life much easier.
The linux kernel is like the engine and chassis of a top sports car. The various distributions approximately share the same engine and chassis but add different bodywork, interiors and accessories. Some have obvious controls and some don't. Some stereos are better than others. Sometimes you have trouble finding the steering wheel! Some are controlled by mad despots and have bizarre features that can be perplexing (naming no names
). Mint is sane and friendly, in my experience, and has been crafted to be easy to use and logical. It also doesn't give a wet slap what the "source" of an app is as long as it is the best for the user. I would recommend either LXDE or Cinnamon desktops for a newbie,
linux distributions are largely DIY efforts with a patchwork of applications from all over the world. Don't expect everything to work the same way, look the same or be of a consistent quality. Most of linux apps are good quality, some excellent and some poor. Much of the documentation is awful. Microsoft has better office apps and Windows is better suited to serious gaming. In my experience, trying to run Microsoft apps on linux is doomed unless you install Windows using VirtualBox.
Linux's benefits over Windows are reliability and speed of the basic OS (the engine and chassis), no virus problems, free, much better networking, huge flexibility, vast variety of applications, community support, no secrecy, and it makes computing fun again!