I stayed with my good friends a while back for a week. Their an Apple only household. It was quite easy surfing & emailing. Didn't do anything else. But was impressed none the less. But I'm not going to shell out the money for the hardware. My tower I built almost 2yrs ago is rock solid. Used only the most reliable components.
Now Linux, tried a couple distros & a live CD or 2. No modem support. That'd be around $30 for a new modem, not a big deal. But I couldn't fn get any distros to function in any meaningful way for me. I take 1/2 responsibilty for this. The other half goes to the Linux distro developers imo. Very little hardware support native for each distro. And for Windows users very counterintuitive.
To sum it up from what I've experienced Windows & Apple OS's are ready to use. And Linux is not.