People who don’t want Windows 10 should be able to do a side-grade to Linux Mint on their current machines. I know not everything runs well on WINE, but the companies behind nearly every major creative app. have been phasing out older Windows versions anyway.
If you can get the new ecosystem working for you, then you should see an upgrade in Blender’s performance (due to the GCC compiler’s ability to produce faster code than MSVC).
Disclaimer, I am a Windows 10 user who has had one eye on Mint, but there’s still Windows only apps. I like to use.