inb4 "But this industry but that industry but my industry" this is a thread for desktop users. If you are analyzing microbiology and you need AD for your networked dick pics folder at work, whatever. This is a thread concerning desktop users from Tax Returners to Coders to Gamers to Youtubers. Also, if the legion of AKCHYUALLY pops up, I'm just going to ignore you and not care.
Around 9 years ago PC's were a new thing to me. I never really played with them much the same as I played with legos, power tools, or my playstation 2. We didn't have money and what I did have for a PC was kept as safe as possible. At the same time I was sick of my PC constantly breaking from windows updates and the virus problem was driving me nuts. Because of this I jumped onto linux. I didn't know anything about it, what any of the main distros were, anything about package managers, nothing. I thought ubuntu looked pretty stupid so I grabbed YLMF because it was apparently good for Pentium M laptops. Because of that jump I learned about Terminals, the kernel, package management, I found IRC. I must have spent 3 months playing with IRC alone and my grades suffered for it. I didn't care. I was happy with what I had for once. It was less of a tool and precious item and more of an exploratory thing.
Then pulseaudio came out and I thought I killed my computer. No, pulse is just trash.
Nowadays I'm still a linux user. I'm still a gamer, into streaming, doing linux things, and writing stuff. I don't have to worry about license fees, about my PC resetting in the middle of a stream or a live CSS pug, I just go on with my day. At the same time I learn about OSX and how to use it. Aside from needing ports to get some of my tools, and even then still needing to learn some of the mac tools, I still do a lot of the stuff I do in linux. Then, on the rare occasion I am stuck at windows, I just figure my shit out along the way. Though for all these environments I can get comfy in any one of them and find myself a month later thinking about a tool I need in something else or how the new linux kernel comes out soon so I need to bench my hardware and take notes.... I just end up back in my little XFCE/AwesomeWM/Openbox linux environment doing my normal thing. Easily I could do my thing in OSX or windows (if windows would work on my stuff correctly), but I end up in what I find comfy. And thats ok, thats perfectly fine.
But even so, every day I see the lines blurred out more and more. The windows DE gets a lot of bug fixes every day, OSX Ports get some new apps, new FS, new code, more docker..... Hell even game ports and GPU driver updates. I see so many things start to cross over now; its amazing to see. KDenLive has a freaking windows version now! Amazing! Linux is getting AAA games day by day! Wow! OSX is becoming..... Well to be frank its becoming BSD plainly, but thats still really cool!
The more I watch the modern OS plane is becoming as flat as Ohio. We're seeing more and more crossovers in apps, games and drivers that theres less and less of a difference no matter what you choose. I find that really cool.
I'm still going to try to sell you on linux though because I actually know how that works lolololololol