All I want to know is...
... will whatever version of Linux I get *work* with my system!
Twenty five or so years ago when I had plenty of time to spare, I was quite happy hacking through code and using CLIs and playing with stuff just to see what happens.
Now I've got other stuff to think about, I don't have the inclination to mess around like that, so unless I can get a simple answer to "will it run the software (and hardware) on my system* without lots of hassle?" much as I'd like to try, the fact of the matter is that Windows *does* do that.
*Most used programs: Firefox, Thunderbird, Photoshop, MediaPlayer Classic, Word, Excel, hardware: USB Scanner, Epson Printer, TomTom USB interface.
Also will it read data from my windows partitions without hassle and can I use Acronis True Image to back up its partition.
I'm no fanboi of any type, just someone who has other things to use his time for, so if someone could actually tell me I'd be grateful!