I’ve never been a Linux admin but I can tell you – based on what I hear from my clients – and what I see in my work performing security assessments that Linux, by and large, has the same issues as Windows. It may look different and it may require different expertise but it’s still a computer OS that needs TLC.
I must disagree. Linux does not share the same issues with Windows, in fact it plays well with Windows and with other office applications (I use OpenOffice.org office suite) and I have NEVER had to deal with annoying anti virus warnings.
I run Ubuntu 8.10 on one desktop, Have installed Ubuntu 9.04 on another, and am dual booting A notebook with Vista/Ubuntu. I share files back and forth between the two and I am quite satisfied that Linux has proved to be a much more stable OS on the desktop than I could have imagined. Having been the “go-to guy” in IT for many years, support Windows servers and workstations, I am happy to report that using Linux has reduced “lock ups” and crashes to zilch.