I have been using windows as long as I can remember.
2 years ago I was shown linux mint by a freind and 1 year ago I installed ubuntu on my laptop.
I was amazed how fast it was even with the interface (which I would have assumed would slow my computer down) and how easy it was to tweak to my likings
Now I have been using ubuntu since I installed it and never going back.
I am also part way through Linux from scratch which I have done through ubuntu.
Here is a picture of my desktop now:
Thankyou all who have helped in the development of this great OS