With all the web-based services around it's also becoming simpler for people to use any OS as they just need a browser. In fact the EU has forced Microsoft to offer different browsers. I'm not expecting a sudden increase in games for Linux or a sudden upsurge in popularity but knowing is half the battle.

If you haven't ever looked at Linux it might be the time to do that. Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 are both scheduled for release in October.