Here's a story about my experience with buying more RAM, for my old laptop, a couple weeks ago:
I went to the local computer store (not a national chain-store) but they buy and sell computers and parts.
It was busy, as usual, for a Saturday afternoon. All the workers were busy helping customers, I soon spied the store owner standing near the front of the store, answering questions, from both customers and workers.
I walked up and ask him about getting more RAM for my old Gateway laptop. (it only has 195 Mb of RAM)
Would it be worth it to install more RAM or just get a new computer?
He explained that many of the older computers/laptops could only be upgraded so far. It might not
be worth it to buy/add RAM.
He then asked what year and make the laptop was. I told him.
He then asked, "Which Windows Operating System do you have?
Windows 95, 2000 or XP?"
I told him that, "I don't have any Windows Operating System on the computer, at the moment,"
I saw a faint smile cross his lips."My laptop is running Linux. LinuxMint, to be exact."
He didn't say anything. He just walked away. And, left me standing there. I had to laugh.
The store owner, either knew about LinuxMint ... didn't know anything about Linux ... either way, knew that he wasn't going to make a sell.Later, when talking to a salesman, he told me that the IT people when clearing/repairing computers ... use LinuxMint, as a LiveCD, for system recovery.
But, that they are not 'allowed' to install Linux on any of the computers.