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Discussion on: Working in Japan 2: Freelancing, Job Hopping, More Salary, Visa Types, Learning Japanese

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Mika Chiusiwa

Hey Rob, I have another question after re-reading both your articles on working in Japan.

What has been your experience and observations about the operating systems being used in Japan over the years in both your work with companies and as a freelancer?

Do a majority of system engineers/web developers use MacOS? Linux or maybe even windows? When working with teams, whats the recommended OS you advise someone who wants to do programming over in Japan to use?

Thanks so much for your time, Rob.

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I would say that OS isn't really an issue, to be honest. I've noticed windows for game dev, MacOS for web dev, and Linux for servers. Because I do web dev, the majority my dev time as been on a mac.

I'd say that in reality the only thing that has really been consistent is - if you're going to deploy to a server, get somewhat comfortable with Linux and docker. Everything else you can just adapt to. Most places will let you choose your work station.

I really wouldn't worry about OS-specific dev, though. I have never seen that be an issue.

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Mika Chiusiwa

Thanks so much for your answer! It was very helpful!