You won’t truly experience Linux until you are working in it as a main operating system. All my previous attempts at learning Ubuntu second-hand (virtual environment) created this weird impression that you get when you are running a pixelated version of a virtual machine. It is never cool to work in a pixelated environment, especially when you have great retina-ready screens. It’s literally a major turn-off and didn’t create a comfortable environment.

Getting a dedicated laptop for this, definitively helped me dedicate myself to my transition of being at least partially a full-time Linux user. A Second-hand environment doesn’t harden you with driver updates and similar, which seem to be a much necessary thing these days.

When running it as the only operating system on the computer, only then you are living up to the full potential of the learning opportunities that come with Linux. Ones you’ve never asked for, but got them.