It's comical that people shy away from Linux because they don't want to install and learn a new operating system. So they install and learn a new Windows operating system.
If you have to use Windows or if you genuinely like Windows, go ahead. But if you are sick of being manipulated, bled dry by software subscriptions, and plagued by malware, there is an alternative.
You do not have to build your own Linux system. You download the OS of your choice, make it into a bootable USB stick, and then install it. Total: about an hour.
The most troublesome part of the process is figuring out how to change boot order on some machines.
A few extra minutes with your favorite search engine for the hard ones and you're good to go.
So far the Toshiba machines have been the worst. They make it hard to access boot order and change the process from one model to another.
I understand being forced to use Micro$$oft. I had to deal with it at work for decades. I'm retired now and don't need them for 99% of my uses. I still have to keep up with Window$ BS as my wife still has to use it for work.
A good portion of the world runs on Linux, you just don't see it. Lots of devices use some form of embedded Linux as OS. I don't know the % but a lot web servers run Linux.
Good on Mr. Rocky for helping others save some bucks. More for the rifle loony projects!