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Discussion on: Getting Out of the Open Source Toy Box

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Serzhan Akhmetov

I was never really a user of Linux. I always used Windows, except for my last job, where we were given MacBooks for work.
Now that I switched from engineering to data science (the latest fad), I found myself programming more and more. The dev community around me are all on either Macs or Linux and I don't understand why. After a week of trying dual boot Ubuntu, I found I am far more productive on Windows 7. In fact, I don't even want Windows 10 because of all the updates it forces you to install. Windows 7 just feels like home.

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Ryan Norton Author

I agree, Windows 7 has proven to be so robust. I'm probably moving to windows 10 though, just by default, with all the security issues nowadays. I've heard they may be halting security support completely for 7 in 2020.

I think it's great to be an open source user and contributor, but knowing your priorities is most important. If you work best on windows, that's great! You can spend less time learning a new OS (which Ubuntu wasn't all that bad for me) OR you can focus on the task at hand, be it front end, back end, etc.
Once I get my career going, things may change in that department for me.

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Evan Oman

Windows 10 is really becoming the best of both world with it's Windows Sub-System for Linux (WSL). I get most of my favorite Linux features (mostly) seamlessly integrated with Windows