Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:21 UTC, submitted by Shane
General Development

I was at the OpenStack Summit this week. The overwhelming majority of OpenStack deployments are Linux-based, yet the most popular laptop vendor (by a long way) at the conference was Apple. People are writing code with the intention of deploying it on Linux, but they're doing so under an entirely different OS.

But what's really interesting is the tools they're using to do so. When I looked over people's shoulders, I saw terminals and a web browser. They're not using Macs because their development tools require them, they're using Macs because of what else they get - an aesthetically pleasing OS, iTunes and what's easily the best trackpad hardware/driver combination on the market. These are people who work on the same laptop that they use at home. They'll use it when they're commuting, either for playing videos or for getting a head start so they can leave early. They use an Apple because they don't want to use different hardware for work and pleasure.

Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays). It's no wonder Linux developers, too, favour them.

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Still not there
by moondevil on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:50 UTC
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The problem is that as one gets older, the desire to tinker with GNU/Linux wanes off.

I used to push GNU/Linux at the University back in the late 90's, but eventually got fed up of making it work properly, even on laptops that were supposed to have GNU/Linux factory support.

The trend to use Mac OS X among GNU/Linux developers gets some funny scenarios like at FOSDEM, where one can see developers talking about open source using Mac OS X, while bashing Microsoft!

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