Linux is only free if your time has no value.

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    Actually Linux has been way more efficient for me. It has had way less problems than windows. Nothing involved with Linux is a waste of time, it's fun.
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    Windows is only usable when there are no updates to do.
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    A N G E R Y
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    Linux is not free as in free beer
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    Look at RedHat's OSes. They're paid, yet still free. You're using the wrong definition, my dude
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    Since I usually have far fewer problems with my Linux install, I'm okay with that, since it means I need less time to be frustrated by what I'm trying to do.

    I tend to learn more during my hobby projects, too, which I consider to be a valuable addition to my overall knowledge, so Linux arguably pays me to use it, rather than the other way around.
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    Same goes for lot of other stuff. Most people dont value their time enough
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    *windows updates for literally 8 hours*
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    @succcubbus "That's perfect for my work day of 8 hours!"
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    Everyone ranting about windows but I dont have any problems with it since using it for over 10 years. But I would argue that Linux takes indeed a long time to learn if you switch from Windows.
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    This is so true. Especially if you use your PC for.more than just development (music production, DCC, video editing, interfacing with hardware, etc). Linux can be a royal pain to set up.
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    @tomahawxer well sure, but if you learned Linux first Windows would also take a long time to learn.

    On the server side Linux is significantly less time consuming to deploy and manage compared with Windows if you are doing them both the "right" way. On the desktop side I can see arguments both ways but if you are using supported hardware Linux really doesn't take much work and there are way more tools available to improve your productivity.
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    @mgaruccio every OS has its use case while I think Windows has the better all in all solution for desktop and servers. Switching between a Server 2016 and Server 2008 is not that different than switching between different linux server distros. Everyone has his preferences.

    I think there is no clear winner.

    Someone prefers to fiddle with their system more than others, so linux would fit better. I like my ready Windows solution and getting started right from the get go.
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    @tomahawxer Depends on the person I’d say. For my family (yes parents and sister as well) it took like half an hour to find everything they needed and that was it.
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    Write a kickstart script, learn to use anacron for updates and housekeeping tasks. Takes less than a day to learn, and from then on you'll have a working setup in an hour or less.

    No value? More like n o e x c u s e s
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    @tomahawxer still have to disagree with you on this. I do deployment automation work for both platforms and Windows takes more than double the effort to create and maintain over Linux.

    On the Linux side we can just run a grouped package install, pull down config files, restart a few services, and the server is ready to use.

    On the Windows side there is a different syntax to learn for every task, and a LOT more things need to be changed from the default if you want something that resembles a stable and secure system (looking at you CEIP). Factor in updates and what is basically a required GYI and it's not even close from a management perspective.

    BTW I'm originally a Microsoft admin and I've been working with it since just before the launch of 2008 so this definitely isn't a lack of familiarity.
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    @luminous-flux Some tasks do not take long to learn, but one of my biggest issues with linux is that things often work so well that I have forgotten how to do them, because the last time was years ago.

    You do it once, then it just works, and the next time you need to do the same task is with the next machine you're setting up.

    On windows many system related things are so "easily" memorized because you have to do them every other day, just because they don't work right.
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    New devRant users, please think whether what you are about to post is new and original.
    No offense, but we all are sick of reposts.
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    @tomahawxer it's nice that you've found an os that works for you, but I'd argue that switching from any X to any Y takes time.

    I haven't used Windows as a primary os in years, because I found that once I learned the basics of Linux, it was much more complementary to my personal workflow.
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    As a person who has worked in the computer industry for almost 30 years, I completely agree.
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    Grabbing my 🍿
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    Windows as a server doesn't come remotely proximal to Linux as a server. The only reason to use Windows as a server is if you are committed to a vendor who's in bed with Microsoft.
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    Shifted from windows to Linux from 4 years ,yup learning curve was little tricky but happy right now
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    I have no problem with Linux.
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