This morning I read a blog article from Intel in which it was discussed how Linux was once again making inroads on the enterprise. The survey indicated that about 75% of those surveyed stated they were planing on adding Linux servers to their organizations in the next 12 months. Only 41% stated they were going to add Windows servers to their business. So who conducted the survey? The Linux Foundation.

So let me tell you about my recent experience with Linux. Every year, usually towards the end of the year, I select a Linux version to try for several weeks. Inside of me there is a Linux freak trying to break out and a little voice in the back of my head saying how nice it would be to dump Windows. Before I proceed let me state that I really enjoy my Windows 7 boxes. They have been working flawlessly since I installed W7 and I have had no major, or for that matter, no minor issues with the OS.Basically Windows 7 has been problem free for except for the self-induced problems I have caused on my own. 🙂

This year I chose Linux Mint 10 as the distribution I wanted to try and I am glad I did. Mint is exceptionally easy to set up and use. I installed Mint right inside of Windows 7 and I am dual booting between the two operating systems. Though Mint warned that this might slow down their OS, I have not seen this happen. In fact Mint is very snappy and runs great. I am posting this blog article using the Mint OS and the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Mint provides a user manual in.pdf format and in their documentation state the purpose of Mint as:

The purpose of Linux Mint is to provide a desktop operating system that home users and companies can use at no cost and which is as efficient, easy to use, and elegant as possible.

One of the ambitions of the Linux Mint project is to become the best operating system available by making it easy for people to get to use advanced technologies, rather than by simplifying them (and thereby reducing their capabilities), or by copying the approaches taken by other developers.

The goal is to develop our own idea of the ideal desktop. We think that it is best to make the most out of the modern technologies that exist under Linux and make it easy for everybody to use its most advanced features.

So how good is Mint? One word comes to my mind. Awesome. The words above are not idle chit-chat. The developers at Mint have actually created a version of Linux that I can actually feel comfortable with. I am going to format a new hard disk on my test box and do a full install of Mint. I actually think I could make the switch to Linux and for the first time believe that this switch could be painless.

I have set my calendar for a 30 day review of Mint and will report back as to how well, or not so well, my experiment goes. Right now I am trying to curb my enthusiasm because I do not want to disappoint myself. In the past I have thought of Linux as being just a toy and not worthy of using as my full-time operating system. Mint has changed my thinking.

Comments welcome.

Source – Intel blog post