|Re: Is Linux common among us RPN types?|
Message #25 Posted by Les Bell on 9 Dec 2013, 6:12 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by db (martinez, ca.)
Anyone else willing to fess up?
I've been using Linux since the early days of Slackware - I was using OS/2 quite heavily at the time and started to plot an escape route. During the late nineties and 2000's I did a lot of work for IBM on Linux education in Australasia and Europe, including Linux on big iron (mainframes), and contributed to the early development of the LPI Linux certifications (I'm an RHCE as well).
Looking around my office, there's a lot of Linux (CentOS) servers, but due to increasing costs of energy and bandwidth, I've pushed a lot of my systems out to the cloud. I work at a reasonably big (3.4 GHz P4 with 32 GB RAM) Windows 7 machine, because some of the software I use requires it, but there's also two Linux machines running within it on VMWare Workstation. I use a Win7 Thinkpad when teaching, too - again, with VMWare.
The university computing department where I teach has Windows 8 in the labs, so all my tutorials and practicals are designed to run in a Windows environment, although I manage to make them platform-agnostic most of the time, and the students have done them on Macs, Ubuntu boxen, you name it.
Having moved into the Googleverse, I also use a Nexus phone and tablet, as well as a Chromebook for when I want a lightweight device with keyboard, just to work in coffee shops, etc. I love the fact that the Chromebook "just works".
In summary, whatever it takes to get the job done. I've got work to do and no time to waste on politics or playing pinball (hence no Prime, either). That means that, on the desktop, the path of least resistance is usually Win7, but using FOSS like GnuPG, Thunderbird, Python, LaTeX, etc. On the servers, it's Linux all the way.