A survey found the average age of a PC in UK business was 5 years. The survey rightly finds users are dissatisfied with the speed and reliability of their IT. What the survey was not intended to find and indeed those surveyed may not have been aware of is that many of those machines ran XP, an OS that was obsolete in 2001. Upgrading to “7″ is out of the question for many old PCs because of resources and drivers for hardware. GNU/Linux on the other hand gives old machines respectable performance, particularly if they are used as thin clients.
I accept that old computers eventually die but, unless it is the CPU or motherboard, a quick swap of parts usually brings a desktop back to life. ATX motherboards can be swapped too. It costs perhaps $100 for labour and $100 for parts to replace a motherboard and you get top-notch performance or you can use a low-end motherboard and use the thing as a thin client of a modern server. That’s cheaper than buying a new box. Putting GNU/Linux on it costs $0 for parts.