I am (perhaps overly ambitious…) going to start a series of posts titled “For the Linux Server Noob…”

If you have been a Windows guy or gal your entire life, and have started dipping your toes into the wild and exciting world of Linux… well, it can be a bit overwhelming. I know, I was that person… (and often still am as I am learning all the time.)

First, I commend you. In the words of Obi-Wan, “You have taken your first step into a larger world.”

Many (dark forces…) have divided the tech world into factions…

  • Windows versus Mac
  • Open versus Closed
  • Symantec versus Trend
  • Apache versus IIS
  • iOS versus Android
  • SQL versus NoSQL
  • Quake versus Unreal Tournament

And on and on and on…

I have seen this personally in several areas. Here is who I have most often personally observed creating such distinctions…

1. People that have been doing something the same way for years… often think that their way is the best and don’t like to change
2. Folks that consume/play with technology usually are rife with strong opinions (ex. Xbox is > PS because… Apple owns all… etc.)
3. Tech Sales Guys that sell solutions professionally for a particular company… oh this is by far most common…
4. CIO’s and other decision makers that bought from the Tech Sales Guys at XYZ company and now live with those solutions

However, I believe there is a growing movement (the forces of light…?) comprised of people that have to actually work with all of this stuff on an ongoing basis. It is a growing phenomenon. More folks are starting to just not care about the label. They just care that the bloody thing works. Or perhaps more positively speaking… those who think critically are starting to see the possibilities of merging worlds and not ham-stringing their creativity by only focusing on one vein of technology.