I bought a refurbished PC to try and run some kind of Linux, to see if I could get out of the seemingly stagnating Windows OS which has started to annoy me. Things seem slow and cumbersome on the Windows platform, a new machine is fast enough to begin with, but quickly seem to slow down from updates and bloat ware. So away I went and made an installation USB stick with the Ubuntu distribution.
I had a system up and running in less than 20 minutes. The Windows 7 on the old refurbished thing was gone and I have a speedy system, that boots in 30- seconds and shuts in 5- seconds. It's easy and intuitive and it has become my preferred rig to develop Apps on.
At one time I accidentally thrashed the system, because I'm such a Linux newbie. I was up and running in less than 45 minutes with my development setup. That could never be done using Windows - The alternative OS has its quirks, but on a flat distribution you have the Word, Excel and Power Point equivalent from LibreOffice for free - Go Linux I say!
Kudos to Microsoft, in Denmark they have managed to make Windows the mandatory OS when buying a PC, that is also called monopoly but nobody cares about that. It's almost impossible to get a PC without Windows pre-installed. You have to insist to avoid the dreaded Windows installation, and you might even have to pay extra to avoid it, crazy isn't it?!