I also only used linux laptop years ago when I was in college. Most classes went through without requiring windows. For the 1% special occasions , I went to the library's computer to do the work. Usually they are non-critical things like multimedia that came with the textbook publisher company to watch. Right now I am typing on my Chrufedora. I use crouton's scripts to enter the chroot environment of my fedora21, my image of the fedora21 chroot is in http://nocomputerbutphone.blogspot.com/2014/10/root-xperia-3-times-to-get-through.html
, and it includes the script to enter chroot. Just unzip the root image to /usr/local/fedora, and type startfedora.sh , and, in 1 minute, I get a fresh Fedora from scratch. I now use acer chromebook 11 and samsung chromebook 2. I used to use acer c720, but it hada problem with touchpad driver with fedora. I still keep my C720 in my car to verify that my chroot image (which includes the entire crouton utilities set) can work with C720, and that I can help people with C720.
Now I use the $199 chromebooks as disposable consumables. I don't carry a chromebook around. I put one at home, and one in my car. So, there is not a stolen situation. If I forget and leave a chromebook in starbucks, it is considered consumed and disposed. The chromebook is the packet calculator of the 21st century. You don't go out to find a left-behind calculator.
Everything is disposable except what's in my head and my thoughts and my being. I have 1 less word "stolen" to consider and 1 more space in my brain to learn things that matter.