Re: Obligatory XKCD
My current desktop is the same hardware I ran XP on, except for a second hard drive and adding memory. (8 GB, now maxed out.) Runs Ubuntu 18.04 beautifully.
My current laptop is my nephew's old 2014ish unit, which apparently started having serious malfunctions. Runs Ubuntu 16.04 ok if slightly slow.
It's not the hardware - it's the OS!