Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
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.
PCLinuxOS is one that compelled me to stick to Linux. Of course, I'd been exposed to linux from RedHat 5, but that was a compulsion from the then employer. Putting Linux on my home desktop started with PCLinuxOS, way back in 2005. A lot has been changed ever since: