Who "likes" Linux? Yuck, sorry, only old or Asian programmers like Linux. Yes, I'm stereotyping. :) And please, nobody mention Apple's use of Unix. You have been warned.
Apparently 2% of desktop users, 60% of web server hosts, 50% of smartphone owners, and the maintainers of 90% of the 500 top supercomputers (the other 9.8% of which use some non-Mac variant of Unix, and a single one which uses Windows).
I'd say more so for hackers and crackers.
The best feature (for hackers and crackers) of Unix and Unix-like systems is the terminal, with bash or csh or zsh or whatever. Windows command prompt and PowerShell simply suck. And bash via Cygwin is an unacceptable alternative. Mac OS X has bash, but it's hardly a serious tool for hackers and crackers.
EDIT: Not to mention that Windows is very, very, very CLI/terminal-unfriendly.
I wouldn't be surprised if a hacker or cracker used Windows or GNU/Linux, the first because of OS dominance, the second because of simple convenience with tools and security, but seeing how Mac OS X is little more than a toy (definitely no good for any serious programming, hacking, or cracking), I'd be very surprised if a serious hacker or cracker (who doesn't work for Apple) used it as a primary OS.
Anyway, it's certainly not implausible Richard Roman Enterprises would issue some kind of GNU/Linux platform to its techies, or even across the entire company (Google phased out usage of Windows several years ago). RHEL does pretty well among enterprises, for instance). Can you imagine the kind of embarrassment that would occur if malware got into their systems and revealed the Leviathans' plans and identities?
Edited by arariel, Apr 30, 2012 @ 8:19 PM.