Which OS is the best choice for network engineer and technician ?

And what about chromebook?
nader alkahtaniConsultantAsked:
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
what are you trying to do?

Linux has tons of opensource tools, but a lot of vendors write for windows.
I'm my opinion, a good Technician would know that each OS has its strenghts, and Weaknesses.

I'm a Network Administrator, but Also Have a Side Gig where I do Computer Repair and IT Consulting.

I use them All, I have A Windows Laptop and PC. I have a few Linux Laptops and PC's, I also Have a MacBook Pro and and iMac. I do not have a Chromebook Yet, I use them all depending on what I am doing.
A. S. BurgessLead TechnicianCommented:
I wouldn't, personally, recommend a Chromebook.  While there are "some" resources out there in the form of Chrome Applications you can add to it, it's not really designed for a Network Engineer or even a Network Technician.

The key factor is what you'll be using it for.  Generally, your best options are Windows and Linux.

Windows has a large amount of easy to use applications that can be used for the Network Engineering field as well as a Network Technician; however, pending on "what" you're using the OS for, you may find that many of the tools you want to use may come with a cost (though there are some free ones, such as PuTTy for consoling, etc.).

If you want to try your hand at Linux, you'll find plenty of open-source tools available, and the best part is that Linux is ultimately a free set.  If you're new, you may want to try the Cinnamon version of LinuxMint (see http://www.linuxmint.com).

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Bryant SchaperCommented:
on top of that, I agree both, I leverage VMware workstation to have virtual Linux on my windows box, but use Linux machines when testing security
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X230 with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, 8 GB of memory (with a spare slot to go to 16 GB) and 500 GB hard drive.

Also (per the last post) I have VMware Workstation 11 on this machine and can run any Windows from 3.1 forward to Windows 10 plus DOS 6.3. I have several Linux machines as well (not all current). The value of VMware is you can learn to network and to sandbox for testing.

This machine had been Windows 8.1 and everything that ran in Windows 8.1 runs in Windows 10 (a couple of upgrades needed).

Overall, I have a very light, very capable machine that can handle any task I throw its way.
nader alkahtaniConsultantAuthor Commented:
Good comments,  thanks to all especially John,  burgess
If I  need to troubleshooting network,  auditing security,  does BACKBOX do that all?
A. S. BurgessLead TechnicianCommented:
BackBox is an excellent OS, but it requires you to be a bit more savvy with Linux; however, just like Linux Mint, they'll have the availability of the same open source tools available!
nader alkahtaniConsultantAuthor Commented:
What about apple , is it a good idea if I run Windows & *nix on mackbook pro or air by using virtuality ?
nader alkahtaniConsultantAuthor Commented:
I am starting with cinamon - linux mint flavor
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and I was happy to help
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