@JessicaGrant I've spent the past year using Linux. I was completely set on removing myself from windows. After running Manjaro for several months in virtual box and on a separate hard drive I made the big leap to just go ahead and do the full install on my main SSD.
At first there was normal speed bumps when I started using it. Installing stuff manually. Figuring out how the file system worked. Getting used to terminal and all its commands... Not that big of a deal it seemed to me. My computer was faster and the customization possibilities were endless.
After going through a few more distros I made the final decision to stick with xubuntu. It looked good and had the stability of its God awful looking mother known as Ubuntu. All seemed well. I was getting quite fast at using the system. But....
Then I started having withdrawals from not being able to play my favorite games. I could play a limited few that had ported to Linux but that was it. I started to use wine and play on Linux. It all was glitchy and A LOT of work and googling to get stuff to work and to find what could work. Also the crappy drivers available is another problem. I have a 4790k, gt970, and16gb of ram. It wasn't my computer. So I finally decided on using kvm virtual machine to run windows inside my Linux.
After finally getting it all set up and installed I was so happy. It was actually running my games! But the more I started to mess around in windows again I started to wonder why in the hell am I running Linux w windows on a VM? Why would I be running a system that needs coddled and an entire other OS on a VM to be able to do what I want to do?
Sadly, I have now reverted back to windows after 16 months of being a Linux user. The instant installs and the ease of use just blows Linux out of the water. Plus it's just works. I save tons of time during my day not having to google or do a system breakdown I'm my head just to get things to work. The speed isn't that big of a deal considering my setup. It's not as noticeable as I once thought.
Now if you read this far you're probably asking yourself who is this jerk off moron. Well I didn't spew all this just to hate on Linux. I just wanted to give my input whether anyone gives a crap or not. I love Linux. I love the idea behind it and the freedom. However, Linux is in serious need of some forward thinking . If Linux wants to capture the rest of PC users from the corporate monster of Microsoft ease of use and a better insurance for everyday users that they're not gonna have basically learn coding to play a game. Don't blame it on nvidia and their support for windows either. The Linux community that currently exists is full of some of the smartest people in coding in the world. That's ridiculous. Fix it.
One of the biggest problems I see with the forum help is the responses from these Linux "super users." A lot of the responses I've read through on the forums are completely disrespectful and condescending. These are people trying to switch to something they have no idea they about in hopes of getting away from windows and supporting something good. Acting like some of these moderators do to some of these questions is embarrassing. It's not how you keep people using Linux or supporting it. Your disrespectful attitudes are actually having a dramatic impact on the Linux community. I can guarantee that.
I'm still using Linux on a partition of my other HD these days. I still use it to run eclipse and the compiler. Still mess around with it. Just wish I could of kept it my main OS.