Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
When you come from the proprietary operating system way of thinking, it's difficult to get your mind around the idea of not automatically needing to upgrade your PC hardware every two years. While upgrading is not an absolute necessity, more often than not we feel compelled to, as if to make sure we enjoy maximum compatibility.
On the Linux desktop, however, it's completely different. You aren't bound to the usual set of rules that come with a proprietary desktop. Generally speaking, peripherals from any time period are going to do well on the Linux desktop.
Unlike Windows 7 or OS X, today's modern Linux distributions have very solid 'out of the box' support for just about any peripheral you happen to throw at it. Even better, most new peripherals work