If computer is your hobby, you will, sooner or later, run into Linux. No surprise, many hobbyists come, wander in the linux world, but a few really stick with it, rest go. Cos? Not all the distributions are polished, stable, easy and powerful. Most often sticking to linux depends on hitting a good no-nonsense distribution (like PCLinuxOS, Mint or Mepis) at the first chance. IMO, PCLinuxOS tops the list of distros that care for new-converts.