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I run film festivals
So little bits of video editing (using Premiere Pro - which makes Linux a bit awkward), lots of testing video files (online and off), lots of emails and spreadsheets, and lots of SaaS cloud software use.
There's this new Ryzen 7 HP machine which is very reasonably priced at £649 (and I can get £50 off) but I wonder if it's a bit too reasonably priced. What do you think of the spec? https://www.hp.com/gb-en/shop/product.aspx?id=4H2A8EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB
I'm full-time on Linux and have been for 15 years or so now. I'm kinda biased toward it now uses fewer resources, far more customisable, and even steam runs on there these days. Not all games, sure, but that's getting better all the time.
If you do open source coding, it's a damn sight easier on Linux. Most of the tools are written for it, and your servers will be the same. Being able to run the same stacks as will be in use on the server is far easier. Docker on that stack is great, too.
Dotnet is almost available on linux, unless you do Windows desktop apps. That still needs Windows for certain libraries sadly. Dotnet core works great, though.
When I contracted, my laptop was dual-boot - windows and Linux. It's easy enough to do these days (install Windows first, and most Linux graphical installers will dual boot for you). As a decent starting point, a lot of people start with Linux mint, but I like manjaro more because it's a rolling release distro.
I would say, though, that making the jump is much easier than it used to be. Manjaro's based on arch linux, and the documentation for arch is superb. Otherwise, debian/ubuntu/mint are more or less the same and there's plenty of online support for those, too.
Why not try a dual boot, see how you get on? Or even a bootable USB installation?