The same can be said of Windows except you'd be opening it up to malware and guess what? The same applies to Linux. How fricking sad is it that you will sit here with a straight face and tell me i should leave my users vulnerable with a badly out of date OS? And you HAVE to do the forced upgrade deathmarch because Linux don't support previous versions for shit because "Hey its free!" well so is that dogshit in the park but I don't want to be handling it either.
At the end of the day there is a reason why more people risk hefty fines and in some regions even jail time to steal the competitor's product than take yours for free by several orders of magnitude and that is because Torvalds is a shitty developer who refuses to let go of a broken driver model he ripped off of UNIX in 1993. I mean can you imagine how much you'd be laughing if Windows kept the creaking and buggy as fuck
Again feel free to take the Hairyfeet Challenge and try for yourself and see if 1 or more drivers aren't completely trashed by the end. For extra points try it on a laptop and see how quickly Linux shits all over the wireless. the Hairyfeet Challenge actually rigs things in Linux' favor by asking for only HALF the support Windows gets and on top of that I didn't even use anything exotic, we are talking boring bog standard hardware that is in a good 90% of the desktops and laptops and it STILL shit all over itself. If the Linux community wanted to pay me for the bandwidth and time I'd be happy to film it live but frankly the challenge is so easy to replicate at home that anybody can do it, all you need is a bog standard desktop or laptop and a copy of whatever distro you want to test from 5 years ago which you will then upgrade/date to current through the GUI as Joe and Jane Normal would be expected to do.
At the end of the day the Linux driver model is deep fried tampons and as long as Torvalds is in the big chair it will stay that way because he is old and cares more about "purity of essence" than having a functional OS. Hell even basic common sense will illustrate that the math don't work when it comes to drivers, when Torvalds adopted that driver model you could fit every Linux driver on a single floppy, now you have over 100,000 drivers, hundreds of new drivers released each month and MAYBE 300 devs (I'm pretty sure it isn't even half that, just giving Torvalds the benefit of the doubt) that are qualified to do low level driver debug and testing. If you mainlined pure coke into their veins and kept them working 24/7 then you would MAYBE have each driver looked at once every 6 years MAYBE.
There is a reason why every B&M shop that has tried Linux has dropped it, from little shops like mine to giants like Walmart, why simply shopping for devices to use with Linux quickly becomes a game of hardware roulette and why drivers get shit on constantly when you update/grade and that is because the driver model just doesn't work. But when you get any of the devs on here the only explanation you get is either Torvalds "It wouldn't let me just tweak whatever I want at any time" (yeah jackass, that is kinda the damned point, to keep you from breaking shit) or worse that kernel dev who said, I swear to God, that "I hope every non free driver breaks often!". Yeah because users don't want functional hardware, all they care about is the racial purity of the GPL. BTW in a case of irony moist and delicious what does every forum tell you to buy for video? Nvidia because their proprietary drivers actually fucking work!
After nearly 5 years of dealing with Linux bullshit frankly if given the option of being trapped in Win 8 metro forever or taking Linux I'd take metro any day of the week, it may be a shitty GUI but at least when I update the damned thing the drivers don't fall apart. For fucks sake is this 2013 or 1993?