These days, I only use Windows to play video games and video editing on my primary desktop. I am currently running Kubuntu 18.10
on my laptops as Linux gives me more tools and flexibility. I took a break from using Linux for a few years as app support wasn't quite there. My last foray was from 2007 to 2009. In the years I have ignored it, Linux has only grown stronger. I usually recommend Kubuntu, Ubuntu, or Mint to any new user, with the only real difference being the desktop UI you have to deal with. I prefer the KDE environment, but it's all just personal choice.
As my career has grown as a network technician, I find myself using CLI network utilities to sniff networks, test connections and remote into different devices. Mostly because I can do that ALL within Bash. I know that Windows implemented support for Bash but it's terrible. I have had issues trying to use apt commands if I needed to install modules.
There are also penetration testing utilities that are available for me to run the occasional security audit.
Linux also consumes less
battery than Windows while on the desktop. Battery life is important if I have to keep moving around.
I really want to be able to do a full dive into Arch Linux. Start with nothing but a CLI and do a build-my-own-Linux
Apps that I use on Kubuntu:
* Firefox - because I can do almost everything online these days, including editing documents saved to the cloud, watching videos, and listening to music
* Google Play Music Desktop - This is a freeware program made by a college student that works on Windows and Linux! It did not work from the download on the website, had to use this command to install:
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sudo snap google-play-music-desktop
* LibreOffice - I tend not to use these programs too heavily. I have Office 365 on my desktop that has seamless integration with OneDrive. If I need to edit a document, I simply do it online through Firefox. There IS a way to get Office 2013 to work on Linux with the same activation, but I just haven't really bothered.
* Notepadqq - I use Notepad++ on the Windows side (I tend to stay away from needing WINE to run an application).
I would consider Davinci Resolve if I wanted to get into serious video editing on Linux. But the i5 processors in my laptops would rather commit suicide than video edit.