When I first tried Linux back in 2003 (it was RedHat) it was pretty hard for me to get into, despite RedHat being hyped as the Linux gamechanger at the time.
I then installed Ubuntu on an old PC back in 2006, it was so much easier to use (except for getting on Wi-Fi, as it was before nm-applet being standard issue).
I've been a Linux user ever since, though I switched to LinuxMint in 2008 and then to Peppermint OS in 2010.
If not for Ubuntu probably I gave up.
Ubuntu is how I first got my start with Linux and open source. I liked that I was just able to flash it on a USB stick, boot from it and install it. It gave new life to a laptop that I was going to get rid of.
While I still run Ubuntu, I also have laptops running FreeBSD and OpenBSD based on what I learned with Ubuntu.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko