I’m so happy I took the challenge of learning the basics of server administration years ago.

Being able to control your presence online is the future. Yeah it’s a bit more work, but nothing beats being able to build/host your own services.

@gekitsu I’m gonna boost this because a lot of people here is Linux as their main OS. I don’t know much because I’m a Mac person.

@gekitsu @Are0h DigitalOcean's tutorials are pretty good, although a bit specific to their platform.

Servers for Hackers is also great.

I will say this: if you're comfortable with command line package installation, it's pretty much the same process whether on a laptop or web host.

@Are0h @gekitsu (I use Mac OS X most of the time, but I also have a Lubuntu laptop that I sometimes use for dev work.)

@webinista @gekitsu I keep meaning to make a Linux partition on my machine to check out modern Linux environments. How do you like working in it?

@Are0h @gekitsu If you spend a lot of time with the OS X command line, the transition is pretty seamless.

That said, Lubuntu/Ubuntu's GUI is far less polished.

Frankly, I'd probably switch if I still didn't need to crack open a Photoshop / Illustrator / Sketch file from time to time.

@webinista @gekitsu I hear you. That and gaming is what keeps me on the Mac side.

@Are0h @webinista @gekitsu just curious, have you all tried the Windows Subsystem for Linux stuff? I hear it's been pretty good for people in your case (want industry standard apps and games that just works, but also a *nix) - I'm just wondering if it lives up to the hype for people who actually seriously use it.

of course, that's assuming you find Windows acceptable...

@calvin @webinista @gekitsu Nah I haven’t, but the only time I use Windows is for games, so it’s not really of interest for me.

@calvin @Are0h @gekitsu I can't get past Windows 10 to try it.

I set up my mom's Win10 laptop and ... I won't be going back to that OS any time soon.

@webinista @Are0h @gekitsu yeah, it's a pretty big "if"

there's other options, but they range from "buggy" (Wine) to "lots of overhead" (a VM) - probably undesirable for Serious Business™ unless you REALLY want year of the Linux desktop

that said, YOLD is the probably the most realistic it's ever been yet for people - Steam for Linux has been a huge boon if you play games, and from what I've heard, Adobe's not opposed to the idea...

@gekitsu @webinista Yeah l live in terminal, so that part is cool with me.

The biggest factor is software. Linux has come a really long way in the last few years so I’m optimistic about it becoming a viable option for me, but it’s not quite there yet.

It’s exciting watching the progress.

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