My wife has finally found out what she has always thought – I am in love with Linux. I honestly can’t help it (before someone asks no I don’t have a thing for penguins!!). My main distributions of choice and Debian and Linux Mint and I love how stable both are. They both don’t (usually) break when I update them and in the case of Linux Mint things just work straight out of the box. Debian is a bit harder to setup but it makes a bloody good server platform. I currently have two Debian and one Ubuntu server installed “out in the wild” and have had little problems with them over the last 12 months.
In my line of work one of the perks is trying out new and different pieces of software and hardware. I get to see what works for me and what doesn’t (everyone will have their own way of doing things). I have come to rely on Linux Live CD’s to recover data off Windows installations which will no longer boot up, running virus scans with Antivirus Live CD’s (BitDefender anyone?),using a netbook running Xubuntu 12.04 which I use to configure routers along with an Android tablet (based on Linux) which monitors my servers and which I also use to carry out wifi audits. This is coupled with my own Debian 7 server running Oracle Virtualbox which allows me to try out different versions of both Linux and Windows operating systems.
But you see I have a problem which I have only just come to recognise. The IT world is not just Linux based but also incorporates (to a very large extent) Windows. Most of the clients I meet will be running Windows in some form, maybe just desktops and maybe for servers too and I need to keep my eye on the ball with regards to what is best for my clients and not necessarily best for me. This is one of the reasons my next server install will probably be Windows Server 2012 Essentials as I have done loads of testing in a virtual environment but nothing as yet “in the wild”.
I have seen too many tech people (and good one’s too) go down the route of “I am Windows based”, or “I am Linux based” or even “I just work on Mac’s”. I would rather have a well rounded experience of both Windows and Linux systems so I could then judge what would work best for my clients in a particular situation.
I may end up working more on Windows systems but my toolkit will always contain Linux.
About the Author
Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Perth.
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