Nope, Linux sucks. The UI is really boring. Menu bars here, menu bars there... Ubuntu's Unity interface tries to be cool but it sucks... There's a pretty steep learning curve blah, blah... Yeah, Linux sucks, unless you start using things in the terminal (command-line, bash or whatever you call it...) Things start to get pretty cool when you doing your work on the terminal. I mean look at this!
You really look like a badass hacker you see in the movies, but actually you're just editing an html file via Vim while playing music on cmus. That's my number one reason I use some Linux.
That image above is Crunchbang Linux by the way, one of the lighter, yet more versatile flavors. I used to try a lot of linuxes. I tried Ubuntu, Puppy Linux, Knoppix, Damn Small Linux, Slacko, I am almost a linux collector because of that habit. Lately I discovered this Crunchbang and I loved it! It's faster than the most and still it can be powerful. I proven it since I've got it installed on my rugged Pentium IV IBM A31. It is also minimalistic:
My tip for beginners: You really need to learn some stuff like bash, vim and SSH. It may be hard but the reward is the priceless glory of productivity with a bonus of looking like those badass hackers from Live Free or Die Hard.
P.S. Don't worry, somehow, I still use Windows 8.1 on my other laptop :)