I was wondering if Linux -- Mint, in particular -- could offer a conducive environment to aid me with my programming goals. For instance, I am currently working with Python and Java. While I have not gotten too far into either languages yet, I certainly plan to do so, and I have my eye on Linux as my new OS, and in particular: Linux Mint. Not really worried about compatibility issues, as the plan will be to dual-boot and keep my Windows 7/Gaming things on one boot, and Linux/Programming on the other -- all assuming Linux would actually aid me in my programming aspirations, more so than with Windows 7.
Currently, I have read a few of the topics in the Newbie Question forum as well as an announcement in this forum about Linux NOT being Windows, but I couldn't really walk away from that article/announcement with a yes or no for debunking the stereotype that I have heard a lot about. I have heard quite a few times that Linux is geared more toward a Programmer than your typical user, so I am wanting to know if what I am hearing about Linux is true or not, and why it is or isn't.