MY "Year of Linux" was 1998.
I paid $25 for a paper back book title "Learn Linux in 24 Hours", by Bill Brush. It had a RH 5.0 CD in the back. My Sony VAIO desktop was crashing several times an hour running Win95. I thought Sony's hardware was trash. However, running RH5.0 on it and the crashing ceased. The hardware was good. Win95 was trash.
I guess I'm a slow learner. It took me about 30 hours to convert from Windows think to Linux think, but the mouse worked the same as it did in Win3.11FWG. So, if the mouse is giving you a hard time in Windows don't bother switching to Linux.