Taking the Linux plunge

I’m a Windows guy.

Kinda have had to be, given my profession as a SQL Server DBA. But recently I’ve become a bit discontent with Windows. Nothing out of the usual has contributed to this, just things like UAC, updates etc.

Now in the past, I’ve had to suck these annoyances up and deal with them. But the world (well Microsoft) has changed.

With the release of SQL Server Operations Studio, Visual Studio Code, and powershell available as a snap on Linux; I now have tools required to be a SQL Server DBA on multiple platforms. Even SQL Server itself runs on Linux! (Anyone else still getting over that?)

So last week I took the plunge and bought a Dell XPS 13 running Ubuntu.

I’ve dual booted with Ubuntu for years so have always had the fallback to Windows there (just in case) but I’ve always seemed to manage. This isn’t to say that my Linux skills are up to par, I have a huge learning curve ahead of me.

Alright, I’ll admit that there’s a bit of shiny tech syndrome going on here but I am really looking forward to using something other than Windows as my primary laptop.

I’ll write a post after a couple of weeks of using it, hopefully I won’t have reformatted and installed Windows 10 🙂

Have a good week!

4 thoughts on “Taking the Linux plunge

  1. SQL Operations Studio is still preview and doesn’t support all the same parts of SQL Server as SQL Server Management Studio – same applies to SQL Server on Linux so it depends on what you need to do with SQL Server.

    • I’ll be using it to run my 24/7 business critical database for my balloon animal business…

      Sorry couldn’t resist. I’ll just be using it to write blog posts and presenting. Should be fine for that.

  2. Well, I had to switch from Linux to Windows a few months ago because of – of all things – windows containers; I couldn’t get the Hyper-V thing to work reliably in a Windows 10 VM on a Linux host. As you point out, Windows is a bit annoying – I’m currently trying to summon the energy to go back to dual booting.

  3. I have almost four decades in this and I now no longer have anything which boots Microsoft. At best, I have a VM of Windows 10 on an Ubuntu laptop. For three decades, Windows was my bread-and-butter. The world of open source software has really changed the playing field, though. There was a crucial moment in time in the last five years when `npm` simply wasn’t compatible with Windows’ MAX_PATH size for large projects. Many of us just decided to start coding on a MacBook and haven’t really looked back.

    But for servers, almost all which I spin up now are Ubuntu. Fast-forward another five years and Docker will be dominating the former VM-space. It’s only a matter of time. So be willing to hedge your bets and build up experience with other things.

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