I can’t explain how much easier it is than attempting to upgrade ALL your applications and system. Many systems will update software but it’s generally piecemeal
If you have …. (what I said in the title)’d then you are using some form of linux, most likely debian or ubuntu flavour.
The hardest thing about linux is that you probably can’t get where you want without typing in a few commands. That tends to lead to learning, googling and mostly just copying the instructions – its how everyone evolves.
I’ve been on and off with linux since it’s inception and yes, I was using computers well before linux and was there watching as it emerged as a barely usable joke project “lets make our own new, fresh unix operating system” but people worked and worked. Then it existed and software was immediately available – from unix but normal users don’t care. So unix grew and one of the things that grew from a unix clone was … Mac OS.
Yes that system became very unstable and they sacked Steve Jobs. He returned later with a unix clone (mach/darwin) called NeXT and they renamed it … Mac OS 10 …. and from then they had 10.1 … up to todays 10.whatever – who cares. Main thing – its like linux … you can get something like mac for free and run it on your windows computer. You can even make it look like a mac “look and feel” … and in the end some things take a lot of time, they aren’t as professional and slick as the commercial software world of Mac and Windows … at least not always, some are though, or even better in their own way.
The times are a changin’ and you can upgrade EVERYTHING with one little bit of typing into the CLI (command line interface) … and then that effort you invested pays back. You start to realize … oh, maybe I can leave windows and all its hacking, security and issues behind. I can work with a system designed to help me instead of exploit me. Frankly the same goes for mac – and on the iphone, the android phone its all based on a unix variant of some kind (effectively) which they just stole your CLI from you. CLI … is your friend, even if he is ugly, nerdy and you only approach him with fear. Yet you have a bit of a conversation – learn the words he understands and he becomes a great buddy – slowly you start to understand that windows aren’t always better and reaching for the mouse can be bothersome when you are already sitting there typing in a few commands.