Windows 8 and 8.1 are basically Windows 7 with a crappy desktop and a bunch of features useful for touchscreens, phones, and pads.
There is almost nothing there for the average desktop user.
While you can do as well with Linux, most people still aren't self-sufficient enough for that, they buy their software and expect their OS to be on the PC when they get it (sure you can get Linux pre-installed but products don't come that way at the store and most Linux people would rather install their choice of distribution.)
Part of the problem with Linux is one of it's greatest strengths: Too many confusing editions for the average person to understand and make a choice.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
... Everyone hates Windows now... Why did you do this to us Windows? Good ol days of win 2000 and xp are gone