10.7 years ago by
All of the 3 major platforms have their advantages, and I use all 3 practically every day. Mac OS X is my primary desktop OS, for a number of reasons, but mostly because I just seem more productive using it than any of the alternatives. All of my coding work is done over SSH on Linux (almost exclusively Ubuntu) servers. The power of Aptitude package management, and the robustness of this platform means that there really is no other choice for this kind of work. Finally I run Windows 7 on my netbook, because it is an excellent OS for that platform, and enables me to do everything I want that machine to be capable of, note-taking, blog writing, as a display machine for Powerpoint etc. It is also useful to have Internet Explorer kicking around somewhere for compatability testing.
I wouldn't consider using any machine that I didn't have admin rights on for work purposes, if I have to jump through hoops to get stuff installed, it just slows me down too much. This is another reason for using OS X for my primary desktop, it allows me to escape the University's "Common Desktop" policy for Windows PCs, which would take control of my computer out of my hands.