I bought a refurbished PC to try and run some kind of Linux, to see if I could get out of the seemingly stagnating Windows OS which has started to annoy me. Things seem slow and cumbersome on the Windows platform, a new machine is fast enough to begin with, but quickly seem to slow down from updates and bloat ware. So away I went and made an installation USB stick with the Ubuntu distribution.
I had a system up and running in less than 20 minutes. The Windows 7 on the old refurbished thing was gone and I have a speedy system, that boots in 30- seconds and shuts in 5- seconds. It’s easy and intuitive and it has become my preferred rig to develop Apps on.
At one time I accidentally thrashed the system, because I’m such a Linux newbie. I was up and running in less than 45 minutes with my development setup. That could never be done using Windows – The alternative OS has its quirks, but on a flat distribution you have the Word, Excel and Power Point equivalent from LibreOffice for free – Go Linux I say!
Kudos to Microsoft, in Denmark they have managed to make Windows the mandatory OS when buying a PC, that is also called monopoly but nobody cares about that. It’s almost impossible to get a PC without Windows pre-installed. You have to insist to avoid the dreaded Windows installation, and you might even have to pay extra to avoid it, crazy isn’t it?!
Actually some online pc vendors have a os-less option for most of their configurations, so it isn’t the difficult, but you do have to look for it. I’ve been using both for some years now, and they both have strengts and weaknesses, as do everything. But for Development, the only real choise you have to make is what Linux distro to use./regards Commander Jensen 😉