Re: Windows 8.1 is NOT an upgrade...
I hear this all the time, left and right about magically saving money by switching to Linux, but no one ever explains how expensive it can be, or how hard it can be, to find replacements for professional software on Linux for a serious creative computer user, a company or public entity.
The thread above points out the very pertinent fact that there isn't the consumer demand for my 'high end kit' on Linux, so the chances of that ever being supported was slim to none. That was 3 years ago, and there is still no Linux driver for my hardware. I've had the hardware for 6 years now, and there is absolutely no reason to replace it.
There is also no Linux DAW like Sonar, which I currently use, or even old Cubase, which I used to use. While there is no cost on Linux to replace the software, there is no single fully functional DAW on Linux, most audio studios are made up of a multitude of modular options. That's all well and dandy, but I like a single monolithic does it all interface, which is why I pay for one.
Unity also is still in Alpha testing with it's editor, moving my games to an alpha editor is not really an option, but of course, over time this issue should be resolved when unity gets a proper Linux release.
There are lots of reasons why moving to Linux can be very costly, especially when professional systems are involved. It's not always as easy as, an older relative who is a facebook user and can view it in any browser on any OS.
A lot of specific and dedicated hardware and software was created windows only and it is not always easy to find a drop in Linux replacement, despite it getting much better.
I do run Linux on a laptop, and looked seriously at swapping my main, but I cannot justify it yet from the Audio/Unity aspects, nor cutting easy access to my huge game collection, which only a small percentage is Linux compatible.