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My "epiphany" occurred in the 4th grade, when I, the bully, larger than everyone else in my class, got his butt kicked by a classmate's big sister, publicly, in the school playground.
That took the wind out of my little bully sails. After that, I saw things much differently.
I am a professional SW Engineer, and most of my career has been spent using C, C++, and C# on Windows boxen. All of my home machines were Windows, too, until last January. I found myself with two dead HDs in both of my computers at home -- I lost everything (I know, I know... backup everything... I do now). Anyhow, on New Year's Day, I had nothing, so I went to Best Buy to get an HD for my laptop. My Windows disks (legal copies that I bought) were in storage, and I couldn't get to them right away, so I looked at their prices for Windows... XP was several hundred dollars!
I refused to spend so much for something that I had already paid for, but I desperately needed a machine. Then I saw the bookstore across the street. I went in, found a $20 Ubuntu book (with CD!), and viola! That night, I was up and online with Ubuntu FF. I had a little trouble with the WIFI driver (Broadcom), but I managed to get it going.
After that, I started looking at Linux in a different way. Then I discovered BT3, which I put on my EEE. It took me a few tries, but I got it going, and now I love it. Then I built a new machine to use as a dedicated file server (64-bit Ubuntu HH server, 1.9TB RAID5, with tape backup of critical directories)
I think I will always keep at least one Windows box around (I work at home, and I have learned to appreciate Visual Studio for certain things), but I have discovered a whole, new world. I even got my wife (an almost complete technophobe) to use Linux! To someone with her lack of tech-ability, Windows and Linux (Ubuntu via a GUI) are identical!
So, IMHO, if you are limiting yourself to Windows, as I did, you are missing out on a fun, new experience. OTOH, Linux was just not up to the task until quite recently. I think the main reason for this is that some Linux folks decided to stop hating Windows and make it easier for Windows users to try Linux. It's working, as far as I can tell.