A talk I gave at CFCamp 2019 in Freising/Munich.
When you look around among your developer and other tech friends and colleagues you’ll probably find that most of them use a computer running Windows or macOS. Sometimes that’s personal choice, in other cases employers or clients dictate which platform one would have to use. Every year around Christmas time there are articles with titles like “Why 20xx will be the year of the Linux desktop”, but has it ever really been that year?
In 2018, I made the jump from using macOS as my main platform to Linux and since then, people didn’t stop asking me how it went, what I did, what problems I ran into and why they could probably never make such a platform transition. The truth is: they - and you - probably could do it just fine as well.
In this talk, I’ll talk about and explain the pros and cons of my move to Linux. Starting from hardware and distribution choices to very specific development and infrastructure challenges. Along the way I’ll explain the audience some of the underlying Linux concepts and show tools to match what they might be used to from Mac or Windows.
After this talk, people will hopefully be more confident when it comes to leaving the mainstream operating systems macOS and Windows.
of moving to Linux as a developer
LINUX TO THE RESCUE
● Fully Linux-supported
● Drivers from vendor
● Customisable in many
● Very specialised vendors
● Many things work, some
● Drivers might be
included in some
● Big brand vendors
WHAT IS LINUX ANYWAY?
MULTIPLE DESKTOPS? W...T...eeeeeff?
X AND DESKTOPS
BUT WHAT ABOUT…?
Case-preserving UFS, ext3, ext4, HFS Plus (optional),
NTFS (in unix), APFS (optional)
VFAT, FAT32 which is basically always used with long filename
support, NTFS, HFS Plus, APFS
Non-case-preserving Impossible FAT12, FAT16 only when without long filename support.
“...JFS has a niche role in Linux:
It offers a case-insensitive mount option, unlike most
other Linux ﬁle systems.”
WHAT IS MISSING?
WHAT DO I MISS?
HOW TO BE STABLE