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When I started college in 1982, applications were done on punch cards on Apple II computers. However, over the Christmas break, a VAX/VMS system was installed. So, my college days finished out with VAX/VMS.
Then, for work, it was at a cereal manufacturing facility working in VAX/VMS - the first two years were rewriting applications from a PDP-11 to VAX/VMS in Fortran and FMS forms; after that, it was develop other system and maintain what was in place.
From there, it was a pulp and paper mill maintaining an ERP system on VAX/FMS, also in Fortran and FMS with some C for the check-writing application.
In 2011, I switched companies and didn't work with VMS anymore.
But... I recently started a new job and in the interview process, I was asked what my experience with OpenVMS was.. so there is hope yet! Even if it is rewriting applications into a Windows environment and shutting down the OpenVMS application.
Wow - a lot of Windows users! Me, I've been OpenSUSE for about 10 years, and mostly Linux since since 1993. After about 2000, other 'nixes (eg Solaris) went by the board. Used Windows (XP/7) from about 2006-2012 as required by some corporate environments I contracted to, but never really got used to them, and happily left them behind .
Windows 10 all over the place, at work and at home. I find Linux very interesting, but as I'm already pressed for time to keep up with all new .NET innovations like .NET Core, Windows is my priority. Some colleagues are venturing into the Linux world however, there was even an oddball that used OpenBSD, he left last year and as nobody got a clue what to do with the OpenBSD machine on which he installed a GIT server, we replaced it with Windows 10 and Gitea.
Win 10, desktop and tablet - I work at home, so the desktop is mostly work, the tablet is wholly home. In addition, I use an Android Tablet (technically, I have 2 1/2 android tablets - it's complicated) and an Android phone.
Win10 still isn't as good as Win7 from a user POV, and it's still an ugly bugger. It's insistence on trying - seemingly increasingly desperately - to make me use Edge is annoying but unsuccessful.
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Windows 10, as our servers have been Windows based.
But in the process of swapping all our software (database, languages, GIS infrastructure, tools) over to open source.
Some of the tools and packages we use will only run comfortably on linux, so I will be dual-booting / migrating to Ubuntu over time.
About the only MS product I am doing anything on anymore is Visual Studio Code (Python dev).
MS Office has been switched out for Libre Office, Opera does for email, SQL Server / SSIS / SSRS has been replaced by open source based off PostgreSQL / Python / RabbitMQ.
At work it is Windows 7 and Servers from 2003 to 2012...
(there is a pressure from Microsoft to move to Windows 10 on desktops however)
At home I use Fedora with different VMs (including all kind of Windows XP/7/8/10/Servers), but just realized that for the last 3-4 months I didn't used any of the Windows VMs anymore...
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It's not one or the other. I've moved on to Windows after the DOS days and have been using/coding on it since then (and making a living out of it), but I do use Linux in VMs essentially for tinkering and learning on my own. I've never installed Linux outside a VM except for an old netbook I still use - its 2GB of RAM was getting a little too cramped for a modern Windows version. Months back, I've also used Linux on an (old) media PC hooked up to my projector, but playing back video at 1080p without proper hardware acceleration support was a non-starter.
I use Windows 10 primarily (I tend to keep up to date on my primary boxes), but still have the full set of Windows versions (clients/servers) in VMs for testing. Personally, I hate abandoning old versions of Windows if the software I write doesn't explicitly take advantage of features that are exclusive to the newer versions. For example, if it weren't for the fact that I'd rather use the latest .NET runtime, there's little reason the software I write for my own purposes couldn't still run even on XP.
Work PC uses Windows as that's the most widely supported platform by third-party software, including IDEs for pretty much everything, including embedded tooling. Home PC is Windows for right about the same reason.
Windows 10 at work and home and happy with Edge: not yet a full browser but I like current features (I switch between Chrome and Edge, but Edge is my default). VS 2015 at work and VS 2017 at home (starting to use 2017 side by side at work).
Managing Linux servers for clients it does what I need:
1) easy to use interface
2) I can ssh into/from it from the moment it is installed
3) the Windows VMs on it does the bits I don't yet have native on MacOSX
4) M$ "supports" it well enough for Office & RDP stuff.
5) Most "apps" have Mac support before Linux ;(
6) I did mention: "It just work(tm)" for me.... other than when I HAckintosh things
For more than ten years, from the late 1990 to about 2010, I felt a "professional obligation" to run Linux at home (next to Windows). Actually, even though our main OS at work was Solaris (ie. Unix for Sun computers) our employer would not to support Linux at home: Maintenance and administration tended to require so many work hours that "home office days" brought far less results than for those who stuck to the rather problem free Windows (as long as you play by its rules, and refrain from forcing it).
Nevertheless, RH 5.x arrived with the promise of almost maintaining itself. So I went for it. And spent an unbelivable amount of time to intstall it, make it run, make it access my peripherals, ... I was myself a professional software guy, using Solaris at work, and when I cannot make it work, how can Linux guys (at that time, Linux guys were still not quite mature youngsters, not like serious workhorse Unix guys) claim that this is end user friendly?
I did have RH available for a couple years. Using it for ... nothing. My home needs didn't have the Linux applications. Linuxers all the time claimed that Finally there is a Linux application for this need and that need - try it! I did, again and again, and it failed miserably, again and again. When Ubuntu popularity started growing, strong linux supporters brought me stories that were almost exact blueprints of the RH 5.x stories I had been told ten years later: Now, you just plug it in, and it will run! Just as user friendly as Windows, and with thousands of applications for all imaginable task.
Now, people run Linux on their (home) machines for one of two reasons: Either they really want to run Linux, because Linux is fun and modern and robust and ... (and about a hundred other ways to say "the best"). They want Linux because it is Linux. Or, their primary application of their home computer is for tasks requiring software that is only available on Linux (or Linux based software has a significant higher quality). This is often the case at work (more so ten years ago than today): You couldn't get your work done without the Linux software.
I sat down considering: I do enough fiddeling around with OSes at work to satisfy that psychological need; the first point doesn't apply to me. At home I just wants to do my thing: Write my stories, edit my videos and mix my sound recordings and produce my DVD movies and CD I do for others. I trace all my expenses in my private accounting system. In my living room, I can run all the IR remote functions from my pC. I can listen to radio, watch videos, make 3D sketches of the planned remodeling of my house. I can run that spreadsheet one guy had for calculating total heat losses through various walls. I can rip CDs and convert both audio and video formats (even formats that are lisenced ). And: I can develop small and large utilities for my friends and relatives to run on their computers to hanlde their tasks.
If I now install Ubuntu, which tasks would I move over from the Windows machine to the Linux machine? Certainly not those using MS Office. Certainly not Steinberg Wavelab-things. Nothing from Photoshop or Premiere/Encore. I'd continue to use SketchUp. My hobby SW projects cannot be linuxified; tools are lacking for building Windows software for the computers of my friends and relatives. Some tools are available both for Widows and Linux, rougly identical, and there is no significant gain in switching to another machine for these few tools only. Lots of software is web based, looking almost identical in different browsers, certainly unaffected by the OS, so why would I want to move over to another machine to run it?
So rather than installing yet another won't-be-used-for-anything Linux, I rather cleaned out all old debris. If I take up new activities, they might require software available only or primarily on Linux. When/if that happens I have got the hardware available. In the meantime, I get all my emotional Linux needs covered at work.
Very simply: Windows everywhere but my Android phone.
At work we have Linux on many servers and a few people (about 7%) have chosen a Mac. If I want to get work done or I want to play I go to Windows. I can get every tool I need. If I need something special I can make it easily. If I do not like how something in the OS interface works I can make a tool that works around it.
When Windows 10 came out and I found out about the tracking, the lack of control of updates, etc, I started dual booting. I first dual booted with Win 10 and BSD. I like the BSD philosophy (designed vs Linuxes evolved) quite a bit but it's not very up to date with new hardware. I then tried dual booting Win 10 and Linux (Mint). So far, I've had no problems with Mint Linux (17.3). I now dual boot my laptops and my desktops. The laptops have Win 10 and Mint Linux. The desktops have Win 10 and Devuan Linux (no systemd). All my general computing needs are met by Linux and Win 10 handles my gaming. I really like the control that BSD and Linux give you versus Win 10.
Also, I've had a lot less maintenance issues with Linux then I've had with Windows 10.
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