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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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: Sounds like an ad for Apple
by Alfman on Thu 22nd May 2014 21:25 UTC in reply to "Sounds like an ad for Apple"
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My point being, some people say they prefer using OS X over Linux distributions because they do not want to tinker with the OS to keep it working. My experience has been the opposite, especially over the past six years. I use Linux because I just want to work, not tinker or deal with Apple's broken software.

My experience with OSX is very limited. Some labs at university did have OSX computers that crashed, but no more than the windows computers back then ;)

More recently I used one for about a week for work (it didn't crash, but there were one or two times I did need to call in help). It took some getting used to because I'm very proficient at using keyboard shortcuts and I found myself forced to use the mouse alot more on the mac. Although I didn't see anything that made me think "wow this makes my work so much easier", but then I usually work with remote resources where the local desktop doesn't matter too much. I presume that eventually I would become accustomed to using the interface efficiently, so I feel pretty indifferent. I could see myself using OSX if only it was cheaper (I wouldn't say that about Metro).

Edited 2014-05-22 21:43 UTC

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