Re: @CAPS LOCK Checking it out under Linux is a good idea.
I haven't liked the way Windows has been going since Vista, I was going to stick with 7 after testing 10, but Microsoft quietly backporting some of the telemetry into 7 was the straw that broke the camels back for me, they're just not to be trusted any more.
I've started migrating all my machines, and my parents to Linux Mint and so far I'm really pleased with it. It much more polished than when I last installed it a few years ago, and I cant see any reason why I would switch back to Windows. I'm sure there are plenty more like me that are finally fed up with Microsoft treatment of its customers and Linux is now at a mature stage that it is a credible replacement.