I support about 20 Clients with their Network and IT System.
I’ve been using Linux Servers from the beginning - even though others called me a MS-Guru.
Started with SuSE Linux, still have clients using GroupWise / Linux but for most cases that’s too complicated. So tested out a few other distros and settled on SME5/SME6 at the time.
I also might add that I’m a VMWare user since 1999 (Yes, VMWare 1.0 beta!) but recently have moved to ProxMox. While I still consider VMWare a premium grade Virtualisation Platform, I don’t like the idea of needing a MS Server to administrate a Linux box, nor several more if i really want to use ESXi.
Same goes now for SME Linux. While it’s absolutely stable and rock solid it’s still stuck on it’s EL6 base, including very old PHP. And LetsEncrypt was the game changer. While I found the name amusing - considering the old PHP background - no, I just wasn’t going to install a package called dehydrate to be able to use LetsEncrypt.
Using OwnCloud, later NextCloud on SME was a PITA, and it never really wored well, just barely, again because of old PHP.
SME also wanted too many reboots. I mean, updating something like jpg-libs or such doesn’t really need the whole server to reboot!
Nethserver has the same base, but runs on newer Centos EL7.
OK, NextCloud needs a PHPSCL environment like SME, but with less headache. It works fairly well.
And yes, I’m one of the Mac users here. I can handle Windows and Linux extremly well, but my personal boxes are all mac. And one PiTop (Raspberry) Notebook. My Clients use Windows more than I do, but they also use Mac and Linux.
Besides the 7.4 s*it served from upstream, NethServers been a great server!
Let’s keep it that way!
Best regards from Switzerland!