Re: Try Linux. - Or DON'T! (My love/hate Linux rant.)
"As well as having to settle for slightly older hardware to ensure best operation"
There's the opposite side to this coin. If you have some particularly aged piece of H/W that needs to be supported you're apt to find that someone else with the same H/W has made sure the drivers are kept going in more recent kernels. Users have a motivation to do that whilst manufacturers don't once it's gone out of production.