I have heard a lot of great things about Peppermint Linux. I wanted to give it a try, so I put it on one of my old Win laptops. I really like it! It's fast and it works well. I did that last night and played with it after installing it. I'm tempted to install it on my 'newest' Win laptops. I only use it to make bootable disks for my Linux computers, so... I don't like Windows and I don't really use it for anything. I might just put Peppermint on it. I tried to put it on the smallest and oldest of my Win laptops, but it wouldn't recognize the usb flash drive. Then, when I went to try again last night, that particular laptop wouldn't boot. Boo! It might now have worked in any case. It works fine on this other laptop I had. I really like Linux and I'm loving Peppermint. I've always used Linux Mint in the past. This is as good as that but better. I really like it.
As for NaNoWriMo, I am now over 25,000 words! I reached that today. So glad to make it to 25,000! I am not over halfway there! My character is still out and on her own, but she has found a friend in a black cat she named Kiki. :)