Can anyone do real work on a Linux Desktop?

Corey found this article over at datamation.com called "Can Web Designers Use Linux to Build an Effective Site?".  The answer to which we think is why couldn't you?  We just wrote our own article about how Brian is using Linux on his new work laptop.  So what's stopping web developers?  Really whats stopping most office workers?  In most cases the answer is nothing but the fear of being unproductive.  You do have to deal with at least a minor learning curve because things won't be exactly where you remember them being on the OS you are switching from.  Then there is the sheer volume of software options to deal with.  Most people are probably used to that with their OS of choice anyway.  The article is nice if your a web developer looking to make the change.  As we discuss on the podcast though most of the options listed are available for Windows and MacOSX also so you could even try them before you make the switch to see if they will work for you.  

 

Let us know in the comments below what you are having trouble making work on Linux and we will find the answer for you.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.