I haven’t been the strongest user of Linux over the last few years but since standing up a server for hosting some applications recently I have come to love and cherish its quirks. My first experience with Linux was a long time ago with Mandrake Linux if anyone remembers that distribution and Debian back in the day. It was pretty painful back in those days to try out any of the major distributions of Linux(3 or 4 DVDs) to just have a regular OS that still wouldn’t run most of your local applications. I really didn’t see the need, but nowadays in our Web 2.0/SaaS world I am really starting to love how simple it is to set up a Ubuntu Linux computer and get it updated and running!
My background is in Windows Server 2003/2008 w/R2 and from that experience I think through application deployments a certain way so it took me a while to realize that most of that work is taken care of for me. One thing I like about Ubuntu 12.04 Sever is how easy it is to update and install just about anything you want on it. The next piece of love is the minimal footprint and I realize Microsoft has begun pushing with Server 2008 gui-less OS but I haven’t got into that very much(Powershell scripting and even VB.net scripting seem to be missing something for me honestly.) So really the piece that I have been looking forward to is getting the server setup and then load testing it to see what it can take!