What I like about Linux (at least, one of the reasons) is, with Windows, manufacturers charge great deals of money for software, drivers, updates, security tools, etc. Whereas Linux has its own software, which even work better. Whilst being a Windows user almost a year ago, I thought the idea of free, cd writing software, written by volunteers just would not work. Or, for that matter, almost any hardware, as its not using a driver for Windows.
However, along came a Knoppix cd, which encouraged me to use a "perminent" distro. And hear I am today.
And yes, Tux is pretty cool. Who would have thought a penguin would be the mascot of an operating system?