.....Oracle makes good software. My issue right now is no time. So I'll need to lean on another to give this a test drive. Maybe you George??..
I use Oracle's Virtualbox with Linux Mint as the host OS. In it I run Win7.SuperLite as the guest OS. It's smooth as silk and provides all the 'Windows' I need for the classic Windows graphic programs I run.
If I had a dedicated Windows machine (which I don't), and if I was a newcomer to desktop Linux and interested in trying it out, I'd be all over giving Linux Mint a test run in a Virtualbox virtual machine -- especially when all it takes is simply downloading the ready to run Mint 19.2 VB image and running it in Virtualbox.
Besides just Linux Mint, there are all sorts of ready made appliances and operating systems that Windows users can download and test to their heart's content in Virtualbox. The neat thing about doing it this way is the performance you'll enjoy running something in Virtualbox hosted in Windows will be almost the same as installing and running that same appliance or operating system on a dedicated PC.
It's simply a painless way of discovering what's out there besides Windows. If you're a Windows 7 user, like countless millions still are, with support for that system set to dry up and blow away in January this coming year, before you make the leap into Windows 10, with all the baggage it brings with it, it seems the smart thing to do would be to explore the options that are available - which is where Oracle's Virtualbox comes into play with ready to run downloads making the whole thing 'plug and play' simple!..