Linoleum was commonly used in homes early last century, but has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years because of being eco-friendly.
It is not as durable as other flooring materials. Using acidic or alkaline cleaning products on linoleum floor will cause unsightly pitting of the floor surface. It is also sensitive to moisture damage, so for every day cleaning, it is better to use a broom or a vacuum.
On the other hand, linoleum does also have a lower price point and is easier to maintain. Due to its flexibility, it is easier to stand on linoleum, and items dropped on it are not as prone to breaking.
To protect your floor, it is a good idea to attach protective plastic glides underneath the legs of furniture, since they can gouge the floor when moved. If you spill any type of fluid on the floor, dry it up immediately, or it will damage the floor.