I know what most of you are thinking and let me address what is on your mind at this very moment. No, I'm not blinded with nerd goggles. In fact, I'm currently writing this post from a Windows Vista PC while my wife in the next room is on her MacBook Pro. Windows and OS X have earned their roles on the computer stage and I would be the last person to dismiss these great operating systems. However, these days I'm finding that Linux has just as much of a right to this stage when debating the value of operating systems.
Perhaps, I'm just saying this after finding a new variant of the Vundo trojan on a PC with Windows XP. A trojan that even some of the better anti-virus software can't detect or remove. That trojan took 25 working hours to analyze and remove from the infected Windows PC. Or, perhaps I'm favoring Linux because after being mandated to install anti-virus software on the Linux boxes, I found not a single piece of malicious software on the systems. I am also filled with joy because I'm nearing the purchase of a laptop with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed knowing that the entire laptop is likely to cost me far less than the MacBook Pro I bought my wife last year. Linux, you are a sweetheart in my eyes.
I'm not the only one that thinks so. IBM still has high hopes that with Ubuntu Linux they can lure enterprises away from Windows. There also is a nice article posted at Tech Republic titled, "10 things Linux does better than OS X". I especially like number 6.
Another area where Linux shines over all other operating systems is in its ability to migrate an installation from hardware to hardware. Linux has an uncanny ability to be able to relocate. I have taken complete hard drives and moved them from one machine to another. So long as the architecture was the same (in other words, not moving from a x86 to an x86_64 machine), the migration always seemed to work with little to no adjusting. OS X, on the other hand, is landlocked to the machine it was installed in. Also, with Linux, you can take certain directories and move them from machine to machine. This works well with the /home directory. Having the ability to migrate your /home directory from one machine to another can make building machines a snap. With OS X, you’ll always be reinstalling from scratch.
Yes, Linux makes me happy in a way that Windows and OS X cannot. Now as I end this post, I know two things. Windows users will reply they have about 90% of the market and no business will ever take Linux seriously. I disagree and think Microsoft has peaked and is slowly being replaced with Linux as well as Mac's OS X. Sensitive Apple users will be appalled that I don't find Mac's OS X all that interesting even though many have never tried using a modern Linux desktop. Tough, deal with your own issues of needing to put your Macbook on a diet before the next version of OS X arrives. My Linux boxes are happy and healthy.