No, I really don't think I'm trolling. In fact, to me that's just your opinion, and I'm cool with that It's not like I'm gonna start a whole new debate on wether or not, in my opinion, your opinion about my opinion is relevant or not. You probably didn't read this post. I said that and I'll say it again. There are a few things I don't like about Canonical and about Ubuntu, but there are a lot of things I like about it. It was one of my first OS's ever, and I kind of grew an old passion on it. Ubuntu was my best distro until 2010 (then on 2012 with Ubuntu 12.04, you can see in my github history that I used Ubuntu until 13.10, where I started to use other distros like Debian, Mint, openSUSE, then finally Arch), and it's sad for me to see what Ubuntu became. But since Canonical did remove the "shopping lens", I might even give it try again sometime. I actually find Unity very attractive ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @topic @OP: Since Canonical will probably remove the "shopping lens", I can proudly say that Ubuntu might be a very good start to find an alternative to Windows. It has a ton of users, so it'll be easy for newcomers to find answers to problems they might find along the way. Ubuntu, as many other Linux OS's, has a large variety of Desktop Environments and each can have thousands of customizations, from Window Manager's to Themes to Icon Themes to screensavers. If something isn't found on Ubuntu's repos, there will likely be a package ready-to-use in the form of a PPA. Since the next Ubuntu release is an LTS (Long-Term Support) release, it will be more stable than regular releases, which is always a plus for newcomers. It also has longer support, the user doesn't have to upgrade every 6 to 9 months (this upgrade can be dangerous, although it's not common for people to have problems with it). It will also have new features, though I wouldn't expect good stability from them since they've been recently implemented. And as always, a fresh distro can have instabilities too, so I'd wait at least 1 or 2 months before upgrading/switching to Ubuntu. Or do a test-install on a separate HD/SDD. <- I wouldn't recommend using Virtualbox for this. Although it's a good start, REAL hardware use is only achieved by actually using the OS in question. Ubuntu is also a secure distro, as well as other common distros. It comes with UFW which can be easily turned on, and the user also has the option to install GUFW for an even simpler Firewall configuration. Or, if he/she so desires, there's also a more in-depth Firewall configuration >here< (I can provide some kind of support if the user desire). The Advantage Ubuntu has over, say, Debian, is that it has Kernel Firmware images (blobs) that will make the devices work. I myself only accept VIDEO CARD firmware (not Internet related firmware), but that's totally up to the user. And because of this, Ubuntu has the higher rate of "hardware that works out-of-the-box". And remember: "Ubuntu" means the system comes with Unity by default. Watch a few Youtube videos on Unity to see if that's what you want to start with. If not, there's always "Xubuntu" (that comes with XFCE by default), "Lubuntu" that comes with LXDE by default, UbuntuMATE which comes with MATE by default, Kubuntu which comes with KDE, and so on. But don't worry, if you don't like the default DE (Desktop Environment, like KDE, MATE), you can always install another one. Another advantage of Ubuntu is that, for some times, things will be developed for it first. It's a market-share thing. It probably has the most users, so sometime it'll receive more attention than other distros. But if you chose another distro, don't worry, because once a program has been developed for Linux in general, it will be made to work on pretty much all other distros (like the program Steam). It's not hard to take the binaries for one program and make it work by linking other OS's libraries. And this is only in the case of proprietary software. FreeSoftware is even easier because the source-code is available.