incrediBILL - 11:45 am on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Most people forget that *nix is a professional operating system while Windows is geared toward amateurs.
That's a pretty radical statement, one I radically disagree with.
There are more programming and productivity tools available for Windows because it's geared toward computing professionals, not the other way around.
I use both Windows and Linux and the only reason I use Linux is it's hands down CHEAPER to build a bunch of servers that Windows. Those servers happen to run my applications faster but it's not so much faster thar Windows couldn't perform close to the same job.
Really, I switched to Linux mostly out of cost cutting because the entire LAMP environment is free opposed to purchasing Window, SQL SERVER, etc. and Apache as a web server hands down smears IIS all over the map IMO.
Doesn't make Windows less professional, I can install Apache on Windows, may do.
However, why waste the money on Windows?
Anyway, great post Mack and hope more people give Linux a try.
Ubuntu, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office will give most people everything they need to get online and be productive, and internet appliance if you will, and save them $$$ in the process.