I do not consider myself a masochist and I exclusively use Linux on my PCs these days. While not perfect (I would actually prefer OpenBSD or DragonFlyBSD in an ideal world where they did not have their own issues), I consider it vastly preferable to putting up with Windows (particularly those auto-updates
not to speak of the telemetry and included garbage). I also would not say that I only do/use a very "limited assortment" of tasks/applications. I can certainly understand that it is hard to imagine using Linux if you are very wedded to proprietary Windows(/macOS)-only applications but as someone who has been using Linux to some extent for many years that simply does not apply to me.
Linux on a full blown desktop PC is very different than Linux on an RPi4 due to the latter's limited hardware performance. Trust me, I've been there.
I ran Linux (Red Hat, Gentoo mostly, I think I used Slackware twice) in the late Nineties/early 2000s on home-built PCs. Linux is still great for servers and as an OS for embedded devices.
Every time I diss desktop Linux, it invariably brings out some super-defensive Linux apologist.
Device driver support? End user documentation? Notebook power management? Software dependency hell? Ahahahahahahaha!!!!
Look around this site's Linux sub-forum. There are still discussions about how to get some basic thing up and running on Linux.
So I have a cheap HP OfficeJet MFP (print, copy, scan, fax), you know the sort of device that costs $50 at Best Buy and whose consumables will end up being more over the lifetime of the device itself. I have Windows PCs and a Mac connected to it wirelessly. How quickly could a Linux user get all four functions to run? I will bet a buffalo nickel that a Mac/Windows user can get it done faster and less painlessly than the Linux user.
Anyhow back to the OP's inquiry. I have Linux on an RPi4
. It's a decidedly joyless experience.
Desktop Linux is an abject failure. That's not my opinion. That's the marketplace's conclusion.
Even its greatest institutional champion, the Munich city government decided to kick it back to the curb. Their computers weren't RPi4s, they had normal PC hardware. Eventually I think they kept a few Linux systems but went back to Windows. They had never fully gone 100% Linux because there were a handful of critical applications that wouldn't run on Linux so something like 15% of the machines were always Windows.
Today, I don't even think the major system builders like Dell and HP even offer Linux as an OS option for the majority of their configurations. This was a thing at one time. Those days are gone as desktop Linux as a consumer OS failed miserably.