Win-95 was the Next Big Thing, it had a TCP/IP stack, came with quick basic, a telnet and FTP client, a web browser that would eventually crush Mozilla. I even tried it because I bought a 3dFX banshee card assuming it would work with Linux; that support was months out. It even ran decently with only four MB of RAM. I can remember paying $500 for a 16MB SIMM so that Linux would run well.
Despite all that, it had no security, it was still based on a 16-bit architecture on top of DOS, and was a stupid kludgy hack, but it was good enough for most folks and not having to buy Trumpet TCP/IP to get on to AOL was a boon.
Since then everything Linux had, it still has but is better, easier, and does so much more. The use still has to buy all his applications for Windows, and the these privacy issues with 10 are unnerving to those in the know. Still, if Win-95 hadn't been as good as it was, the year of Linux on the desktop could have happened.