I do server managment, data bases, web development and other programming to include graphics, all on my Linux machines. If you go to a site I've done, you would not know the difference.
You are aware that MySQL and Apache are the worlds most popular and used database and webserver on the planet right, which have traditionally been included with most Linux distros practically since there was Linux.
The down side is I do have to maintain wilndows machines to test with and to convert formats for client issues. I don't think win8 is horrid. I just don't think it does anything special. If win8 or win7 was all I had, it would not bother me.
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