If you want to use Linux, you may try Ubuntu.
Not for newbies, Linux Mint fixes whatever Ubuntu broke.
Ubuntu is more of a Power user Distro that's not sophisticated enough to use the more advanced distros.
But It's targeted towards new users, but It's buggy and I think I know why. They target the majority with largely un-patched packages based on Debian SID that makes it less stable because they can get an army of guinea pigs to send in bug reports. If they just used Debian Stable and made it easy to use, we wouldn't make progress as fast.
So MS haters should use Linux Mint.