I've just had my ~annual foray into Linux to see whether it's usable yet. Nope. I installed the PC manufacturer's recommended distribution with default settings. On first boot it asked whether it could check for updates. I said yes. It sat there for about 30 minutes only to fail with an "cannot extract file" error, and suggested that I reboot and try again. It no longer boots; the screen just stays completely black. Off to a stellar start there!
I have used Linux on all my machines (5) for the last few years with no significant issues. Any minor issues have been quick and easy to solve, unlike those I encountered with Win10. What model of PC are you trying to install it on, and what is the recommended distribution?