The most obvious benefit is that it is free and so are its applications. It saves me money as upgrading or installing applications will not cost me a dime unlike Windows which I have to buy each and every component, application and even some upgrades. This also means that I can freely share the OS among friends without it being illegal. The Linux system is more secure than Windows meaning that it is less prone to virus infections. This means that means that I do not incur frequent expenditures on anti-viruses which further make it affordable.
2. Security and Stability
There few occasions of system crashes with a Linux OS because the core operating systems is separate from the GUI that hosts the applications. In windows the core system and the applications are integrated such that when an application crashes it can lead to the crash of the whole operating system. For Linux however, the incomplete integration means that an application crashes without affecting the OS.
Linux is an extremely stable system which offers the benefit of less rebooting. Application crashes do not affect the whole system and one just needs to restart the specific application unlike Windows which requires rebooting. Linux has the advantage of being compatible with various file systems such that it can open over a 100 types of files. Windows on the other hand can only read its own file systems. This makes Linux more versatile especially if since I frequently extract data from a hard drive formatted on a different computer.
Linux offers more security for my data than Windows. Being an Open Source program any attempt to access data is easily detected and disabled. With Windows the government and also other spies can easily access your data.
3. Expansive support
Linux has three commercial support providers which are Red Hat, Novell and Canonical. These provide 24/7 support for critical applications and business services. This plus the worldwide community support it being an open source program offers me the best experience as the forums are upbeat and very resourceful.