>"As things stand now, I can understand using Linux in academia to compile simple "Hello World" style programs and learn C programming, but I'm afraid that for anything more than a hobby OS, Windows 8/10 are your only choices."
Wow- you will be rightfully modded down to -100 pretty quickly. Apparently you don't know much about the world out there.... the majority of the Internet is run by Linux servers, and has been for many, many years now. Almost all the S&P500 run Linux to various degrees in their IT. You think Linux doesn't support journaled filesystems? SMP? Seriously??? You think An MS-Windows box of ANY sort can do the work of 3 Linux boxes???!!! LOL!
You are either completely clueless or are an MS-shill or both. Not even many self-respecting professional MS-Windows administrators with Linux exposure would agree with anything you said.