I was just reading a cool article about fifty places Linux is running that you might not expect (like the national government of Spain and the U.S. Department of Defense), and it occurred to me that, hey, we could be on the list too.
- 99% of our servers run Linux (including a Debian Linux mirror)
- 50% of our primary workstations run Linux (25% Mac, 25% Windows)
Personally, I've tried to switch from Windows to Linux on my primary desktop several times over the last ten years, and each time there was just too much tweaking and manual workarounds required for me.
Last year, with the release of Ubuntu 9, my experience was much improved and I think I've switched for good.
If you don't want to commit to switching but are curious and need to keep Windows around, there are several options, including:
- Wubi, a Windows installer for Ubuntu Linux that lets you try out Linux with one click.
- Virtualbox OSE, which allows you to run Windows inside your Linux operating system.
- Debian Live CD, which allows you to boot into Debian Linux without actually installing it, just to check it out
- Fedora Live CD, same idea, different flavor of Linux