Re: No reschedule needed here
but the interfaces all seem to be a bit odd with too many quirks that would simply annoy me in day to day use
What, you mean like "swipe in from the right to summon the charms bar"? Or having to go into a settings interface to shut the machine down (instead of an easy to find obvious item from the start/menu button on most other OS's (can't recall what OSX used but I can recall it was damned obvious, unlike 8).
Give me a really professional looking consistent and easy to install and use Linux distro and I will try it this weekend as a challenge.
That would be pretty much any desktop-oriented distro. Compared to Win 8.x and 10, even a 3yo's finger-drawing of their impression of a fisher-price speak-and-spell(1) looks professional.
Like many here, I've put older friends and family onto to Mint, which they find so much easier to use than Windows. Common comment (as I've said tons of times before on here) is along the lines of "I didn't know my computer could be so easy to use".
As to "consistent", given the changes with Windows from 3.x-95, 95-98. 98-XP, XP-Vista, Vista-7, 7-8, 8-8.1, 8.1-10.. Those in bold are fairly significant changes, perhaps even requiring significant if not complete re-learning of the interface, as I recall them - I kinda think that 8-8.1 maybe should be counted but not entire sure, few people I know made that jump).
Most I know who've gone from XP/Vista/7 to Linux (KDE/Cinnamon or Mate) found it less of a jump than going from those to 8.x or 10. Perhaps you want to review your understanding of the concept of "consistent"?
(1) Not necessarily a real product, but you get the idea..