Most "People" just use MS-Windows because it's already there. Some don't even know there is an alternative that's available to them. I have used Linux for over 6 years and still don't know all there is to know. Then how can one just try it for a few days and get a real feel for any distro? Not going to happen my friend. In that 6 years I never had a Linux system compromised or broken into, & nothing that even comes close to a virus. As I said before MS-Windows was compromised 3 days after I purchased this Laptop. Windows FireWall Failed it's just that simple. Most Internet servers are running some *nix platform and not MS-Windows, Why? Because Unix / Linux & BSD are far more secure. As for out of the box experience with Linux. I can tell you a Toshiba A505 or L505 is not a good starter PC. Try a common desktop PC instead, Say a Dell or IBM (now called Lenovo).
However if you choose MS-Windows over Linux that's your choice, just as I choose to use Linux, so if you are happy with it cool then