The Quickest Route To A Reliable Linux Desktop

The Quickest Route to a Reliable Linux Desktop will be paved with offers like this:

“free for Linux, OSX app is a paid app in the Mac App Store

Linux already basically owns the corporate app server and cloud markets. But yet it still remains an obstacle to use Linux at the Desktop, and basic infrastructure. A number of European governments and various businesses have tries, but not all find the open source world a field of dreams. I ran a few basic UNIX based infrastructures, it’s not hard, it’s about using standards.

Right now at work, I use a Linux Desktop, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which will be supported with critical fixes and security patches until 2027. You’re on your own if you upgrade any client software to a newer version than exists in the standard system repos. It’s all the rage now to encourage users to add external debian or Ubuntu repos, which can be cool for testing out new things, but not always trustworthy in a production environment. Especially when it’s a language or utility you use in a critical function. Same goes with Snaps. Ubuntu supports snaps for application delivery, and it’s tempting. Those things upgrade automatically, so you have elected to become dependent on the software delivery infrastructure of those vendors.

We all live with those risks, and that’s a big part of why I choose the Ubuntu path, the reliability of the OS. I’ve been a UNIX admin since December 1986, over 30 years ago, so I’ve seen some shit, trust me. Today’s Linux is just so freaking reliable, and containers are so easy and cool to run