Ubuntu 12.04 has proven to be more secure than Windows and Macintosh operating systems. This is not surprising though. The preponderance of Linux distributions based upon Debian is making it even easier for people to get started with computing. Ubuntu has always been a good choice for desktop computing, the easy to use desktop and bundled applications such as Firefox and GIMP allowed more people than ever to experience using a Linux desktop. That is why Linux should be the future. If only more applications were released for Linux. There is a new media player available for Ubuntu as well, called Nightingale. This has a very good interface, just unpack the tarball to /opt and it works right away. The only problem is that MP3 support is missing. Other than that this player does work quite well. I will stick with Xmms though. The fact that Canonical have included Amazon spyware in the distribution is the only thing that would prevent me from using it. But if you use Xubuntu or Kubuntu instead, that would alleviate many of the problems associated with Unity. As long as you stay away from Ubuntu 13.10. That is a buggy and hopeless mess.
I have tried Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and that was very stable, but Linux Mint or Fedora are better choices. I am using Fedora 20 right now and it is very solid. I am using the MATE desktop. Ubuntu 14.04 will have the MATE desktop available in the repositories. Canonical should make a MATE spin available for download. That would be very popular. The Ubuntu desktop used to look like this: http://wheatlandlinux.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/804desktop.png. Now it looks like this: http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Ubuntu-Unity.png. The Linux desktop should not be a smartphone interface. This is the trend these days, same with Gnome Shell. I am surprised to see a Windows 8.1 unlock screen in Gnome Shell. There was nothing wrong with the old Gnome desktop, so why change things around? The developers could have just created a new version of Gnome 2.32.2 with GTK 3.0 support and a new compositing WM, but instead we get a tablet interface on PC. Thank the gods for MATE. ٕthat is one useful desktop environment. No Amazon spyware in the MATE desktop, I just hope the Ubuntu MATE desktop does not get any spyware.
That is why you have a choice of Linux distributions.