Good on you for wanting to make the switch to Linux. I made the switch last year after I realised that Windows 10 was full of sneaky 'features' that behave very much like malware. Plus, for the highly security-conscious (read: paranoid), I find that Windows often doesn't do as it's told and gives cryptic error messages that aren't explained very well in user documentation and on support forums.
If you're looking for a system that's designed with IT-illiterate users in mind and want to play games and use the applications that are the most popular and widespread, then stick with Windows,
But if you want an OS that you can build and customise from the ground up, that does exactly as it's told provided it's set up properly and that is built from source code that is publicly available and that has been reviewed and scrutinised by many experts from all over the world, then make the switch to Linux.
I'm not going to pretend that it was easy and simple to switch to Linux, but from your other posts it seems to me like you're into coding and aren't afraid of learning how to solve complex IT issues. If I'm right about this, then not only will you probably be able to set up ArchLinux more easily than someone with no coding knowledge, but you'll probably fall in love with it and find that it's a developer's playground.
The best place to start learning about ArchLinux is probably the Wiki page - you can access it from http://www.archlinux.org . The Installation Guide and Beginner's Guide contain all the information that you need to get a basic ArchLinux installation running. Other pages cover the installation of a window manager and desktop environment, which you'll need to install in order to get a graphical user interface.
I'm also in the process of writing some user documentation on how to install ArchLinux with an encrypted root partition - I'm doing this for an assignment, but will post it online after I've submitted it. If you watch this space, I'll post a link here when it's done.
Good luck! :-)
Haha! Take that Scythe! And yeah you got it pretty spot on with the "into coding and aren't afraid of learning how to solve complex IT problems", thanks for all the info too, really helpful :) and who needs GUIs? GUIs are for peasants!
What am I taking?
At no point did I try to pit one OS against the other, except of course old windows vs new windows.
And about the only thing I tried to explain to you, admittedly harshly, because it frustrates me, that being negative for the purpose of being negative, will cost you in the long run.
I was that way for a long time, I had a friend wake me up to it.
You CAN'T expect to be liked\helped\respected in the world if your opinion gets formed by "Feeling" rather than "Fact".
If you'd have said "I hate the new start menu and Explorer, so I installed Classic Shell to replace it" I'd have said, Oh, Ok, makes sense, not everyone likes the ultra modern windows look. I'm not a fan either.
But refusing it because "I personally dont like it" why? "Because!" is just ignorant.
I use Ubuntu as my daily driver too.
But all I play is DOTA2 which installs fine on STEAM on Ubuntu.
I'm proabably one of the few here who use a Blackberry as my daily phone, and have used Ubuntu and Firefox OS on my mobile also.
I even like Meego when Symbian went the way of the dodo.
I'm far from thinking "the big boy wins".
I'll just sit here and smile smugly, in 3 years time, when the latest version of DirectX requires windows 10.
You go to play your new game, or use an OS that 'the world' is now so used to, its common sense, and you're stuck 'learning' 3 years late.
Windows 10 is even supporting linux BASH shell; so I dont know what you're on about for the code-friendly side either.
GUI's are faster.
When I was blind and used a braile pad sometimes, command line was faster; but with semi-working eyes again, GUI is king.