I last used a desktop version of Linux a few years back (it may have been openSUSE). The ease of use of Ubuntu now and a comparable Linux OS back then is massive. Those few years back there was a massive difference in usability between, say Windows and Linux. Now, with Ubuntu 13.04, there is a small but not unbearable learning curve but one can be up and going with Ubuntu within a few hours.
For me, I anyway use quite a bit of ‘open source’ or free software such as VLC, Filezilla and Google Chrome so I can just use the Linux versions of these in Ubuntu. I also moved to using Google Docs a while back after battling with the slow speed of Microsoft Office so no need for Office-like software to be installed.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a Chromebook to try it out as I’ve heard good things as Ubuntu isn’t the only OS coming along in leaps and bounds. One thing’s for sure, there is little reason that most people need to keep putting up with the rubbish, and high prices, that Apple and Microsoft dish out.