Most hardware is supported nowadays, just out of the box, especially, when you use LinuxMint. The only moment hardware support might be an issue, is when you purchase a "state of the art, the latest hardware" type of device. Even then, it'll be a matter of just a couple of months, before that hardware is also supported.Guru Meditation wrote: ↑Sun Dec 12, 2021 12:04 pmLinux typically runs well even on really old devices, obviously if performance especially memory is limited that will make things unpleasant regardless of OS, general stuff is free like browsers or media players work fine. The limitations is first comersial software Lightroom etc is not offered, and secondly hardware support. Always google if your model is well supported it really sucks if wifi or BT foesnt come back after suspending so you have to reboot all the time. Sometimes it doesn’t support low power mood that will hurt battery run time quite a bit
I do have an old i7 Asus laptop, 12G memory, where the hardware wiring for >4G is a bit flaky. Even memtest does hang on this, though it nicely runs Linux (mint). In the logging, I can see, it just marks several memory areas as flaky and continues to run. Window install doesn't even start on this device.
Some dedicated software, like -indeed- Lighroom, does not run, though (usually free) alternatives are available and often of surprising quality, DAW, Video editing, DTP, etc, all have their Linux equivalents. Gaming like Roblox is a challenge, though, sometimes works, mostly not, after another game update.
Though, for ordinary office work, Linux is excellent nowadays. Way more stable and with a proper and understandable User Interface. So, not some constantly changing, half-baked GUI, where the designers have no clue, whether they are on a real computer or just a small touch device without peripherals.