Oi... I guess I should have done an introductory thread here. I will rectify that after this. But first...
I want you to step into my head fro a second. Comfy? We will use a simple, relatable illustration to accustom you to how I think.
There are two main 3D Modeling software packages out there in the world. 3DS Max and Blender. We will ignore Maya for now. Blender is SUPER powerful, its free, you can do anything with it including video editing and creating games. BUT the interface was designed by Lucifer himself. It has been getting better, or I am getting more used to it every time I open the program up. But it is still almost exactly the same experience the average person would have if they were plopped down into the cockpit of a helicopter and told to fly it. And Blender users are PROUD that learning how to use it is akin to learning how to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. Or more accurately. that strange book they found with the language nobody can understand.
3DS Max on the other hand is intuitive to use despite its complexity. You can be up and running making things in no time, and if you get stuck you will NEVER, EVER run out of forums, tutorials, videos and so forth. It's even taught in some schools! Granted, Discreet or whoever owns it now is a greedy, money grubbing corporation in every way. But at least the interface won't have you resisting the urge to pluck out your own eyeballs.
Now if I want to design some architecture for a game, I DO NOT want to spend a couple of years navigating a learning curve! I want to be able to use my tool as effortlessly and quickly as possible. It is all about bringing that thing in my mind's eye out into the world. EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING, has to be out of my way! I can't spend any time learning the OS or navigating obstacles. My tools have to be as ready to use as they would be in any shop hanging on the wall. I open them up the program and start CREATING, MAKING.
Linux may be better than Windows, and you make a number of good points for it. I appreciate that. But I would rather drive on the Nürburgring ring than the middle of Rome, Italy. I don't just want, I NEED, a smooth transition to opening my tools and using them. It has to be as simple as picking up a pencil and a notebook. I am unwilling to spend even a single second navigating any complexity at all.
When I sit down to begin making stuff on the computer, I am sitting down to make stuff on the computer. Not learning how to use the computer, then the OS, then the software and any other myriad of things. I stuck with Windows because that is what I knew, much like I stuck with 3DS Max. I did make the move to Blender, but I have also not made any 3D content for years. I just stopped being able to level design and make 3D Models.
I am moving to Linux because I know about the automatic updates that Windows 10 forces. One of the reasons I stuck with 7. And I don't doubt that a lot of what you said is true. But it doesn't matter. Because Windows is the easiest and quickest way to get me to what I have a computer for, right now playing Minecraft and creating content. But Windows 7 is increasingly getting shut out, so I either move to Linux or Windows 10, and Linux is the most ethical choice. I am able to consider it because I can use it almost as easily as Windows to get to what I want to do.
HOWEVER, I am brutal with my OSes! I am constantly maintaining and tweaking things. Constantly trying new programs. So I can't have any stoplights when it comes to managing them. I have to be able to access a list of them 24/7 and I have to be able to uninstall things or do whatever I need quickly. Commands, no matter how powerful, are not quick. You have to learn them, you have to memorize them, you have to spend time in the command prompt typing them, and that is taking too much of my time. Plus I am finding it harder and harder to remember everything. If I have to relearn stuff it becomes even worse.
So to summarize... If you are a carpenter your dream shop has lots of room so you can easily move around, and your tools are all hanging on the wall, ready for you to use. You want to get in there and start woodworking.
If you are anything like me, using the computer as your creative outlet, you want a nice, easy to navigate layout with your tools right there, ready for you to use.
I hope that clears things up a bit... I am moving to Linux because my reasons for not doing so have been mostly invalidated, and it is the ethical choice. Instead of having to install a custom version of Windows 10 with all the garbage cut out, I can use Linux. I am giving it a try. But I have certain needs, certain requirements it will have to meet, and I am unable and unwilling to spend any time lost in a learning curve. The simple fact of the matter is that If it is easier for me to install a custom version of Windows 10 to do what I want, I will. That's just how it is.
I am an artist and am very visually oriented. I am also an architect and designer. I respond to my environment. I am ALSO an empath or HSP. So my OS can't be a blinking cursor with a lot of text and commands I have to look up, or require me to spend a lot of time in front of it doing anything like that. It is literally an anathema to me!
Hope you understand me better now. Now let's step back outside my head. I normally don't allow visitors back there!