I suppose with all of the Linux discussion going on, I may as well throw a couple more cents in. I recently went back to Linux after a couple of months with the Windows 10 tech preview installed. I found Windows to be very limiting in comparison. As this is almost completely off topic in regards to the originally posted article, I put the whole thing in a spoiler tag.On Linux (Click to show)
What I use in Windows -> What I'm now using in Linux:
MS Paint -> Pinta
MS Office -> MS Office (Yeah, it works great.)
Steam -> Steam
Windows Explorer -> The command line
Firefox -> Firefox
Notepad / Notepad++ -> Vim
Foobar2000 -> ncmpcpp and mpd
Photoshop is overrated and likely overkill if you're not a professional. Since I quit using it, I haven't found a need for any of its features I once thought were awesome. Turns out they were fun but mostly useless. MS Paint in Windows 7 does cropping and resizing pretty well. That's really all I need, and Pinta also does those things well. MS Office I only use to edit my time sheet for work, but it works well with Wine for that. Steam works great. The guys over at Valve are doing a killer job with Linux support. The one thing (literally, the only thing) I keep Windows on a separate HDD for now is Titanfall. I'm nearly finished with that game, though.
Something most people who do not use Linux regularly don't realize is that they're using it wrong. You can't use Linux like you use Windows, and you'll likely have a bad time if you try to. Yes, that means you have to open a terminal window. The terminal is not scary. It's actually a million times more efficient for managing the OS. Unlike Windows (in versions previous to 10), Microsoft hasn't really worked on their command line a lot. Powershell is cool, but most people don't even know Powershell exists in Windows. They see only the old awful cmd.exe. I have to put emphasis here on how awful cmd really is.
Using a terminal in Linux is a far better experience. The terminal emulator I use, Terminology, has some great features that have made it a complete replacement for everything I used Windows Explorer for. Browsing files requires two commands, "cd" for changing directories and "tyls" for listing files. tyls lists files in pretty colored text (different colors for certain file types) and will put thumbnails by images. Clicking a file name or thumbnail will open an image or video right there in the terminal. Maybe I want to manipulate files? I can use "rm" to remove them. I can use "mv" to move and rename them. I can create a shortcut with "ln". For editing text, I just open "vim" right there in the terminal. That editor is a trip, but editing text with it is amazingly efficient when you learn the keys. I always feel a bit handicapped when I have to use Word for anything now. Vim is also plugin expandable, so my Vim is also an IDE packed with the fun features you might expect an IDE to have.
The terminal commands are typically small and easy to remember. Of course, you have to practice. Where you may see complexity and difficulty, I see powerful features with a learning curve. Remember, you didn't pick up Windows overnight. You've been learning how to use it all of your life.