I've recently become a victim of extortionists who were able to gain access to my website database. Unfortunately my last backup was about 2.5 months previously. Instead of paying the 0.04 bitcoints (maybe 600 USD?), I've kissed most of the content that I will lose, goodbye. Oh well. Can't give into extortionists.
Regardless, I need off of WordPress as it makes me too much of a target. It is time to move to a static site generator / flat file site. I've previously tested out Grav, but found it really not very stable. I'm now considering Github Pages and then adding additional functionality through Jekyll/Ruby and some kind of shopping cart option (with Stripe as the payment processor).
Microsoft has gone through a lot, and I've been with them for quite a long time, on and off. I became a MCSE in 1998, with a focus on Web, SQL and Exchange server. At the time we were in the battle for the backoffice, which was vs. Novell and Oracle, mainly, but also Linux in general. The competition was sanctimonious and off-putting, not to mention insulting. Microsoft for us was a way to get control over powerful computing that gave value to organizations and those of us who needed to get work done.
Note: Use aptitude when dealing with packages that have upgrade/downgrade issues, as aptitude provides better options for resolving issues. Use the -f flag with aptitude if the downgrading is out of hand.