Thursday, February 23, 2006

What is the best OS?

As some of you know, I am a DBA and System Administrator.  I manage Linux and Windows boxes alike.  However at home, I run a MAC. The question I get, too often is what is the best OS?  Well quite honestly, there isn’t a best OS.  Rather, there isn’t a best OS for every context.

At work we run Linux (Novell’s SUSE Linux) and its rock solid on our servers.  I wouldn’t imagine running anything else for a transactional Java and DB2 based production environment.

Although I run Linux on my desktop, and so do most other developers in my company, and rightfully so, since we want to develop in the environment we will deploy in, I actually prefer Windows for that environment.  Especially for laptops.  Now I know that you can get almost every feature of a modern day laptop to work on a modern Linux Distro, but who needs the head-aches?  XP, with an updated Anti-Virus software and the user not having Admin privileges, is just fine.  Now I won’t get into why,  in this article, and remember, this is my opinion, so keep the flaming to a minimum. :-)

For home, I like the MAC.  Its simple, and it works.  Personally, when I get home at night, I don’t want to “deal” with my computer, I just want to turn it on and have it work.  The MAC, in my opinion, is ideal for this.  Apple ships it with so much software, that wanting more, is just asking for trouble, when all you want to do is surf, email, and write the occasional Blog entry.  Besides, they look too damn nice!

To conclude, Linux in the server-room, Windows at the office, and MAC at home.

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