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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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This explains a lot of people I know. People that picked on OS9 moved to OSX mostly for the bash shell.

I think Microsoft made a mistake not supporting a native unix like shell. People who use powershell seem to like it but not of the people I know personally outside of windows admins use it for anything.

If Apple made a consumer version of Mac pro I'd probably using OSX instead of Windows at home. I've said before though that Apple doing that is extremely unlikely and I don't see them changing their stance on that any time soon. The only thing in that space are hackintoshes.

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