Many speaks about when Linux is ready for the desktop – for Terry Hancock that was in year 2000 when he went from Win 3.1 to Debian Slink
Read his blog entry about it
I just didnt like the look or smell of Windows 95, which is why I had resisted upgrading for 5 years. I was poor, and always ran slightly out of date computers, for money reasons. So I was particularly turned off by a new improved operating system that took 3 times longer to do 1/3 of the work. I had seen references to GNU/Linux for a few years, and knew that there was free operating system out there. But I figured it was mostly a hobby thing. Like most people, I didnt see how free software could work (beautiful ideal, but how could programmers sustainably produce such a thing?). Id read Stallmans Gnu Manifesto and other sources on the subject. But it took me a while to warm up to the idea (I hadnt really been that impressed by shareware). Still, ever an idealist, I wanted to try the proof of principlethats why I picked the Debian distribution: it embodied the same ideals that went into Linux and the GNU project.