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Thom Benjamin
Thom Benjamin
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Best OS for Web Development? (Linux vs Windows vs MacOS)

I was wondering what the best environment is. I am currently on a Windows desktop I built myself, and I'm wondering if I should install Ubuntu of maybe make it a Hackintosh. Is that gonna help in web development? And what are you using?

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I don't think there is any true answer to that. Most people are going to just tell you the system they most enjoy. I like Linux, so that's usually what I use. But plenty of other people prefer MacOS or Windows. If you presently know Windows, you should probably stick with it, unless you want to spend a fair amount of time learning a new system.

Of course, if you really want to learn Linux or MacOS, then give it a try. Learning a new OS can be a lot of fun.

And for the most part, you can develop on one OS, and then run your web server on a different one. That's very common, actually, and while it can cause a problem in some cases, it usually works fine.