I use Linux for just about everything. I dual-boot Windows on my desktop for gaming and Netflix support but that's it. I too cycled through a bunch of the mainstream distros before settling on Arch.
It really does come down to personal preference, but much like PC gaming vs. console gaming, I wish people wouldn't misrepresent things.
The main issue with Linux is third party support, it can be severely lacking in many areas. But this is no more a fault of Linux than games being console exclusive is a fault of PC gaming.
Besides that, Linux IS much faster, stable, and secure than Windows. This is a result of the OS design and frankly, under the hood, Windows is mostly junk. Linux is just so much cleaner and easy to use once you get past the initial learning curve.
I'm a computer science major so I do a lot of programming. In general, Linux is a much better environment for that which is why I started using it in the first place. I simply stuck around after realizing how much nicer everything else was.
Spend a year with Linux and try switching back to Windows. You'll start to realize how crappy Windows is. Troubleshooting on Linux >>>>>>>> troubleshooting on Windows. When a common solution to problems is to simply reinstall the OS, the OS has serious problems (hell, people reinstall Windows even when they have no problems simply because it slows down so much just from general use).
All that said, I don't give a damn if you don't use Linux. There are certainly benefits to using Windows, most notably the vastly superior third party support. I'm simply tired of the misinformation.
When a common solution to problems is to simply reinstall the OS, the OS has serious problems (hell, people reinstall Windows even when they have no problems simply because it slows down so much just from general use).
To be fair though, this is mostly just because people don't feel like learning how to fix Windows. I've seen very, very few problems with Windows that require a full format/reinstall. Windows has the tools built in to fix most stuff, and there's very good software available to fix just about every problem out there.