I was born when some of you guys were discovering Linux for the first time, so I can't say I've had decades of experience with any of the old-school distros. I had heard of it before, but I started giving Linux some on-and-off tries in 2006, mainly Arch and Fedora before ultimately settling on Xubuntu for both my laptop and desktop, with Windows remaining on a separate drive on the desktop for certain applications (totally not video games or anything!). Since then, every time I need to, for whatever reason, wipe or replace my system drive, I've given a new distro a shot. After Xubuntu came Crunchbang (R.I.P.), then Debian sid, then Mint MATE.
Now I've settled back into Arch Linux with KDE for my desktop system, Arch with MATE for my laptop, and Debian/Raspbian for my project servers, but after some issues with dumb things the Arch devs have done (kernel being compiled with a version of gcc not available in the repos yet, which makes every module compile shit itself), I may take the plunge and actually install and use Gentoo on my desktop system next time something drastic happens.
While I value the philosophical aspects of Linux and other FLOSS operating systems, I like it more at the technical level; something is appealing about no part of the system really being 'native,' and where (GNOME dependencies aside) even something as vital as the init system is replaceable. That, and package management is lovely in the current age of the World Wide Web, to the point where even Microsoft toyed around with the idea of a pretty half-assed package management system for Windows 10 called OneGet. Modern video games are spreading to Linux too, which has spurred efforts to improve video drivers, and while Steam and the games it installs may be proprietary, even Richard Stallman said it could do good and lead to an increase in usership. I still keep Windows around for some games and the odd times I actually have to open something with MSOffice in particular, but I make sure to keep Windows quarantined to its own drive. I may not have installed Slackware off a few dozen 3 1/2" floppies, but put me down as one of you goofy freetard nutters.