Thank you for the list! The only one I wasn't using already was Joplin (available from https://joplinapp.org/)
In fact it is a better replacement for the proprietary note taking and to-do application that I was already using! Highly recommended!
Of course any one can DuckDuckGo it ;), but I think it makes sense to include the link in the article (even 3 months later! :) )
I really can't say which "desktop distro do you prefer" since I didn't test all of those. I'm currently running Ubuntu 16.04 and quite happy with it.
Why is ReactOS included? Has anyone ever managed to get it to boot? I have tried a few builds over the years on different machines always with the same result: won't get to first screen...