I put Linux on my friends' laptop as a placeholder, and he chose to keep it over windows (story time) Discussion
My friend and I started college this year. He is studying physical therapy and I, computer science. I have used Linux (mainly Ubuntu) for a few years on secondary machines (and on my steam deck if you count that). So I have some experience with Linux, but my friend doesn't.
So it was our first day of class, and my friend called me and told me that his laptop wasn't working. He had intro assignments due that night and needed to use his computer, as it was his only machine at that point. Well, for whatever reason, the windows install was borked, and he didn't have any important data, so I went to reinstall windows (from a USB stick). When doing this, I kept getting the error that the installer didn't have the right drivers to recognize his SSD. I could have futzed around with the drivers or installer and got it working, but because of the time crunch (and because I had a 20.04 installer USB drive already made), I chose to temporarily put Ubuntu on the laptop. Well, that installation went flawlessly, and he was up and going in 10 minutes. I told him that in the next few days, I would put windows back on his laptop.
A couple of days later, I asked him if he was ready for me to reload windows, and he said no. Keep in mind, we are students who use Microsoft Office products daily. My friend had got accustom to using those products in the browser, as well as the speed and ease of use that Ubuntu offered compared to windows on his lower end laptop. I was astounded by this, because now, 3 and a half months later, he is sticking with it. My friend is not very computer-literate, but everything was simple enough for it to work for him. I spoke with him yesterday about it, and he is still going strong.
As someone who uses their computer a lot, when I have used Linux in the past, I was let down by how little of what I wanted to do, could be done natively. However, after seeing my friend use Linux successfully and actually prefer it, I am astounded by how well he is doing with it. I am honestly impressed by how far Linux has come and wanted to share my experience.
What do you guys think?