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I still have a laptop running Crunchbang (http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2012/crunchbang.jpg) at home to be used as a gateway. I also have a USB key with Knoppix (http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2012/knoppix_desktop.png). However, most things just don't work well with Linux, and booting a VM isn't that much fun.
I did my best to integrate into work, but it just got too much. Here's the presentataion I did at the southern california linux expo a few years back... http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2010/2010_SCALE_Presentation.odp
I was a HUGE Linux fanboi in the late '90s through about 2010. I agree with him, however, that Linux just doesn't work as a day-to-day end-user platform anymore. As it is, I'm mostly using my Nexus tablet and Galaxy phone for tasks, and then resort to Wintendo when I need.
My aunt was one of those layoffs. She spent 25 years with IBM (in finance) and "retired" early at 55. They gave her the choice of take some early retirement package or be laid off outright.
Of course, she's happy living in northern Washington, well away from San Jose.
Now, we're using Rational and Eclipse to manage Websphere projects.
oh, wait - maybe a large flying dragon fly at the screen....
Very similar process, but I had in a previous live simply booted to x86 compatibility mode - 6 MHz - and Windows 2000 took about an hour to boot.
I got a new machine in a few hours.
Keep in mind when old-timers like me were in college, CS was about determining how to best utilize the 640 KB of memory you had available. You needed to understand more math than now.
OTOH, I actually think that multiple languages are a must for programmers these days. I - for one - speak/write German and Spanish. I have seven programmers with CS degrees and an additional six analysts with CIS degrees working for me.
Remember, the document was written to protect the citizens - us - against any tyranny of the Government.