Of the three major operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), Linux (sometimes called GNU/Linux by its most enthusiatstic users) is by far our favorite. Not only is it free and open source, it's the most powerful and configurable of the bunch. For the type of development and products our clients need, it's usually the obvious choice.
Linux quietly dominates the server scene. Because of its clean architecture, Linux provides impressive performance in speed, power, scalability, and security. As a kernel, in many ways Linux is more efficient than most of the proprietary options. A large majority of the world's most reliable servers are built on Linux.
The programming languages and tools Lintel uses are right at home in a Linux environment. Commercial operating systems (*cough* ... Windows) may provide easy set-up and maintenance for typical users, but those stuffy environments include settings that just get in the way when programming. Without the cruft, and with its roots firmly planted in the hacker culture (and a welcoming home for nearly every programming language), naturally we prefer Linux.
Linux isn't known for ease-of-use. It used to be bad — really bad; historically user groups existed just to help you get Linux installed and working. Things have come a long way since that time. In fact, many of Lintel's core team members first cut their teeth with Linux by participating in and even founding local user groups. As enthusiasts, we support and still draw on the strength of the Linux community.
If you're looking for custom development built on the right foundation, Lintel can help you build it using Linux. You want your servers to be able to handle nearly anything, without interruption, which is why you'll want Linux.
Sometimes it's not about raw performance as much as it's about cold, hard cash. Maybe you just want to save a couple hundred bucks on your computers. And who can blame you? For example, one of the most popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu, is totally free. It's designed to be user-friendly (its UI is a lot like Apple's, without the price tag).
With a convenient updating process, common sense and secure defaults, and a staggering array of high-quality software available, you can see why Lintel's happy to offer Linux as one of our core technologies.