Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:21 UTC, submitted by Shane
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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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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RE: Comment by vivainio
by wojtek on Thu 22nd May 2014 19:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by vivainio"
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s a good 'middle ground' in that it runs MS software (office, lync), VPN works, but you still get most of the tools and terminal convenience as with Linux.

I was MS guy (for me windows 'just works') with linux on remote/vm locally for work/tinkering but the experience was sub-pair. I got Mac for work last year - and slowly I found myself that I used old laptop less and less; on mac I could easily dive to work (you gotta love the hassle-less shell without cygwin or somesuch) and the UI that just works (like in windows; sadly my experience with linux was never ever that smooth).

And also - yes, the touchpad is amazing... saddly...

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