I also love the fact that I don't have to worry about activating a license key.
+1 to hollowface!
That's one of many things I don't like about Windows, after so many activations (even through the Recovery partition), one will need to call the Activation Center.
Why should we have to prove, just because we reinstall for various reasons, that we have a Genuine version of Windows, especially coming straight from Recovery?
Thanks goodness for Linus Torvalds, who along with his team, gave us an opportunity to get out of the rat race. We can install Linux to our heart's content, am looking at yet another reinstall to Linux Mint MATE 17.1, because I have 17 w/out a point release, and the upgrade choice is only 17.3, which I don't want (cpufreq isn't compatible with Haswell CPU's from 17.2 onwards).
Hopefully as more disgruntled Windows 10 users faces reality, more will jump on our side.
And there's reason to hope for just that, because despite it's a no cost upgrade to 10, the tide is turning against the OS. Last month shows a dip in upgrades, which shows that consumers are reading the news, be it articles, their Facebook friends, wherever. We're speaking about up to a $200 OS if retail Pro version, it's free & consumers aren't wanting it.
So there's lots of hope on the horizon that there will be Linux growth. Really, the majority of computer users doesn't need nor use software such as hollowface mentioned (Adobe Fireworks), they just want to browse the Web, get the news, send & receive emails, use Skype, Linux does all of that and much more, totally free!
People will line up like crazy if a burger or pizza joint were giving away or heavily discounting either for a promo period, and stand in line for an hour or longer to be waited on. With Linux, the only wait is the download, and in the case where one has to have Windows for proprietary software, that's fine & what dual booting is for. Or run Windows in a virtual machine to run their software as needed, as many doesn't prefer to dual boot, in fact, I have two Windows VM's on my Linux Mint install, one being a permanent license to Windows 10 Pro, gained by being an early Insider, in fact, ours were activated about 10 days to two weeks before those late to the party arrived. Yet they're only opened as needed, maybe once a month to update or assist others.
I believe folks are beginning to see the light, and when they come here, we need to welcome them with open arms, and most importantly, don't knock them for what they're running, unless they ask, don't tell them to 'blow away' their installed OS w/out a Full disk backup, or reinstall media set (or reinstall DVD). We need to do our best to teach them how to use LInux & be free, and support them to the best of our abilities, keeping things as simple as possible. There are those here who are highly talented Linux users, yet we can't unload all of that on a newbie. Nurture, support, and gradually at their pace, show newbies the ropes, and over time, the rest will come. The majority will never be 'gurus', they'll just want a dependable OS that meets their needs & doesn't invade their privacy.
If we pull together & do our part, our community will grow at a steady pace, as these newbies will spread the word, it's already happening.