I use a lot of older hardware, so I will admit that running a Linux based system (as opposed to Windows) is often a good choice. For some uses, anyway.
For basic web browsing, using a Linux operating system cuts tons of overhead out and allows you to use a decade old machine as fast as a modern Windows equivalent. I run Linux Mint on one the work laptops that’s over 7 years old– from pressing the power button, I’m in a functional web browser in under a minute.
And that’s good, because if the laptop were running Windows 10, it would be struggling to boot up. Actually, it was running windows 10 before I nuked it and out in the Linux distro. It took about 4 minutes to boot up, and even after I could open a browser, the system would still lag for another few minutes.
But Linux isn’t great for many things , and it bothers me when it’s proponents try to suggest that it’s a viable alternative for everyday usage. Simple things make it prohibitively painful to use at times, and they remind you why most people do just go with standard Windows or Mac configurations.
For example , Linux systems really struggle with simple things, like getting Netflix to run without the Microsoft Silverlight libraries. Further, office functionality is extremely limited– for all the hype surrounding Open Office and Libre Office, these two suites are a decade behind Microsoft Office in terms of functionality and user friendliness.
Other common software features, such as a proper interface for using Exchange mail offline or even simply annotating PDFs, is lacking out of the box. It takes considerable work tondict tape yourself a solution in these regards, and that’s a provlem– especially considering that computers are meant to make my life easier.