Vivaldi Browser devs are encouraging Windows 7 users to switch to Linux
“To run Windows 10, you need a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit RAM, 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS, and a 800 x 600 resolution display. “
Looked it up and these specs are the same for 7, so the “your PC is old” isn’t really an argument.
“Assuming your chosen distro has a good reputation for security, you can use it safe in the knowledge that it has all the necessary security patches applied.”
But in Windows this is bad! I want to choose if I do or don’t install my updates!
Outside of that view, neither are better/worse at it. They both have their upsides and downsides.
“Some of the smaller distros are not great at applying patches in a timely manner though, so do your research. “
That sounds like quite the downside imo, especially when you continue that thought; it essentially means you won’t be all that certain about its future, the people in the project might jump out with no one replacing these positions. On Windows you won’t suddenly get a EoL when the team falls apart.
It also adds a bit of time when you first have to find the distro of your choice, compared to when you can just insert a disc or usb and install it without much thought
“Some standard Windows apps such as Word aren’t available on Linux but there are usually solid (and best of all free) alternatives – for example, LibreOffice and OpenOffice are a popular open-source alternative to Microsoft Office.”
Suggesting a switch suddenly becomes much less great when you mention you’ll need to find alternatives to rather common applications that have a strong place in the workplace.
Sure, Libre and OpenOffice both are solud applications and are good in what they do, but they aren’t a 1:1 implementation.
Also, the alternatives will come with a learning curve.