Confession 1: I was once a Unix systems manager.
Confession 2: After ten years retirement I am now just a user, and Firefox/Thunderbird etc is the same in Linux as it is in Windows.
Better men than I have tried, and failed. At this sort of price level, it is not something one buys to mess around with!
I fancied the Burson Conductor: they were good enough to reply to my mail, no, the [then] USB chip will not work with Linux, but the optical would. It is a pity we have to worry about these things, but that's a whole other story.