When I built my first PC back in 1994 or-so, it was the only computer I had apart from the Amiga 500 which it was going to supplant (and the PC wasn’t even built); web was in its infancy and I remember having to rely on physically printed books and magazines to guide me through the process - and at one stage when I got very stuck and frustrated, I telephoned a friend - on a landline! I smile thinking of how technology was back then.
About a year later I did start dual-booting the above PC, which I had upgraded from Dos 6 and Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 and the Linux distro was Slackware, with Lilo as the boot loader…
Nowadays if I’m tinkering with Linux I know I can hop onto the web to look for guidance on another device if I’m struggling with a machine. But imagine if it were our only machine?! I think having multiple devices available is also a good thing for the uptake of Linux
How many devices do you have, including tablets and smartphones, and which OSes do they run, I wonder?
I have three aged laptops of various screen sizes (~10 years or more) running Debian, one tablet and smartphone (couple of years old) running Android and a couple of newer PCs of various screen sizes (about three years old) running Windows 10 (when they work!)