Linux powers the Internet and will breathe new life into your older PC or Mac this coming year unless you want to shell out hard earned dollars for the latest and greatest in order to suffer more planned obsolescence in the near future.
Not inconsequentially, you no longer need to open a Terminal window unless you want to. Linux flavors have never been more user friendly. Here are 10 reasons you’ll want to at least try Linux on your older desktop PC or Mac in 2016:
- Your old PC or Mac has slowed down to the point it’s hardly usable, you’re ready to consider buying something new, but love the thought of trying a Linux-flavored Operating System (OS), if it means holding on to your beloved hardware longer.
- If your Mac taps out as far as OS upgrades are concerned at say, OS X Lion 10.7.5, OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or older, you have no chance at running Apple’s latest OS and you desire a modern OS.
- Your PowerPC Mac is stuck on OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or older and you’d like to try a modern OS (see Linux Mate for PowerPC).
- You read my piece on Linux being the most exhilarating OS experience.
- You want to find out for yourself what it means to be free of Microsoft-Apple hedgemonies.
- You have either Android (runs on Linux) or iPhone for your smart phone and apps and have no need to run apps on your desktop.
- Your basic needs from your desktop computer consist of a modern, secure, stable OS with modern browser and email support.
- You prefer choosing what you like to install and run on your desktop computer.
- You’re willing to use LibreOffice as a substitute for Microsoft Office (it’s easy, has cross-platform capability and works just fine unless you have Word or Excel documents with particularly complex formatting–your mileage may vary in these instances).
- Every three to five years you just want to upgrade your OS and not your hardware.