I am a long time Windows user, who discovered Ubuntu almost a week ago. Getting it going was painful for me, but it helped me grow not only as a geek, but as a person.
I discovered patience I didn't know I had, and I learned an entirely new way of computing.
I've spent countless hours purusing the forums seeking help, and got it without needing to ask a question. As somone who is very shy and socially awkward, this was a good thing.
The knowldge base here is unbelievable, and I have learned more in a week than I have learned since first falling in love with computing at age 12.
Once I got everything going, I was nothing short of stunned. The look, feel, and over all responsiveness of my computer is practically flawless. In other words, fast as hell lol.
The time from hitting the power button to being ready to use is almost a shock.
I love music, and the clarity of what I hear is something I would expect to hear on a high end stereo system.
Watching movies is also much better than when I was running Wndows. Or Winders, hehe..I read someone had written it that way, and lost it..whoever you are..that was cute..thanks!
The terminal was in the beginnin confusing, but after reading a few tutorials, I am getting much better at it, I also like editing configuration files, I've read some say it's a pain, but I actually enjoy it.
I also find everything much easier to find in Ubuntu. It also looks a lot cleaner and uncluttered than Windows.
The fact that it's all free is also amazing. It already comes loaded with everything I need, but if I need or want more, I can go to the repos and have even more free software, Being broke most of the time, free is good.
I hope that as I learn more about Ubuntu, that I'll be able to help others, as I have been helped. I will certainly try. It's the least I can do, to give back to those who have given to me.