Go for it. You have nothing to lose. You could even try running Linux in a virtual environment such as VMware. Linux Mint seems to be the "distro du jour".
Thank you micksharpe. Glad to hear that you suggest I go for Linux. I am completely new to it so will take some time to do the necessary research before beginning.
Are you suggesting that "Mint" is the best Linux version for beginners? From this Digital Guide I found online they give a quick overview of why they believe Linux is a great alternative to Windows.
I did not know there were so many different versions but it mentions "distributions" like Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, Red Hat, openSUSE, but I had only heard of Android and Ubuntu in the past.
Do they all represent a different level of complexity? Is that why you suggest to go with "Mint"?
One concern I had with Vista was that support would soon expire. My impression from this article and others is that Linux is considered more flexible and secure. Will all the programs (outside of windows) that worked on Vista be compatible with Linux?
I have a lot of software that is pretty old, but I guess that, if they are not compatible on Linux they may work on Windows 10 when I buy a new laptop in the future.
Another digital guide article on the same site mentions that Linux offers lots of open source applications for hosting, like solutions for blogs etc. I started learning HTML on W3schools two weeks ago, so cool to read that Linux seem to be a great choice when I continue to learn about homepage construction