Why Linux distro is better for web development?

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better file system, easier access to development tools / libs come to mind :) unless you do game programming :)

yes :D that's true, for me it's mainly I just like linux :D ...

Better how?

And why Linux and not Mac?

I don't have problem with Windows. Well, file-system's case insensitivity might be the only one in rare cases.

Final answer:

Use what you know the best and feel comfortable yourself with. Professional web developer should use both Windows and Mac at least for testing and understanding user experience, there are also some tools which are available only for Mac/Win.

The console of linux is better than windows, you can install a lot of software, and you can take benefit from docker for example. It's more easy to configure and make deployments on it :)

I once miserably failed trying to setup Rails in Windows, but was a breeze with Linux. I'm most proficient on .NET so of course I'd go with Windows for that. There's no should.

But anyway, I liked Mint a lot. Haven't used it in a while though.

If after Linux some nice distros are ones like ElementaryOS. I only use MacOS and iOS devices for my development work, for me it's the systems, performance and is the tools that are only available on Mac and iOS devices. Apps like Sequel Pro, Textastic, Transmit, xCode.

Look at what you use for software/tools and what will work best based on that.

No, there is no significance difference or advantage. Except for the terminal. But you can use bash in windows 10. This feature is in beta currently.

What the others said plus:

Espescially if you're writing code for the web, more often than not you're going to communicate with servers that run something in the realms of Unix. So depending on what you do, you might have an edge on Unix-based operating systems like Linux and OSX.

The best distro for web development is a matter of preference, since one can do anything in any of them. My preference is debian.

As for switching: If you feel comfortable working in windows, don't bother. If you don't, then give it a try. I think that both can be used to create almost anything but I feel that linux is a bit easier to set up and more versatile.

I don't think that Linux is better than Windows. The only thing which I dislike about Windows is the case-insensitive FS. Other than that, use whatever OS and tooling you like. Go for Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD, Haiku, Redox, Plan9,......

I use Windows and Linux for Web Development. On Windows, I use WPN-XM, git, Webstorm and Chrome, on Linux I just install the tools from Portage and use git, Webstorm and Chrome. There really is no difference :)

I even prefer the GitHub git-shell on Windows, but that might be because I am too lazy to configure something like that on my Linux :D

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