I have used Linux exclusively since 1998.
My first distro was Redhat, then Mandrake, and now I use Ubuntu and the Fluxbox desktop. Dumping Windoze was a challenge in '98. Hardware hacking was a skill that had a high learning curve. e-mail sent from Outlook looked awful, and God help you if somebody sent you an attachment generated by any M$ application. Things in general were a struggle. But now Linux just works. I can do any task in Ubuntu that I could in Windoze, including create and edit content of any kind.
The Linux desktop is working just fine for me, thank you!