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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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I have been forced to use OS X and here´s a few quick impressions. I don´t have time for a full review of all of the crap I have encountered.

Look and feel

The OS looks ok, but default fonts are too small for me and changing them system-wide isn´t as intuitive as it should be.

Changing folder icons for a different set of icons is almost an impossibility and changing the color of folders alone is an exercise in frustration. You can either only do it one folder at a time by editing the icon in “Preview” or you have to install an error-prone program “folder-teint” that only allows you to change the colors of the icons.


Task and Application Management

The dock as a task manager is a mess as it is hard to see what is open and what is not. Sure Mission Control comes to the rescue, but it feels more like a patch to a different problem than a real solution.

In KDE or even Windows 7, I can look at my task manager and pick the right application windows from several windows of the same app by just looking at the task manager. In OS X, that operation requires several clicks or keyboard presses.

Why do I have to sort manually all the applications in “LaunchPad”?
Why in heaven´s name can I not right click and sort alphabetically? If you use a lot of applications, and I do, it is an exercise in frustration.

Window Management and Task Flow

Why isn´t it possible to split the “Finder”, MAC OS file manager, in two panes to copy files back and forth? Why can´t I split my desktop horizontally or vertically by snapping applications to the top or the side of the screen, just like Windows and KDE have done for a long time? Why will the top bar of an application not maximize the window? Why does maximizing a windows not take over all available area and only restore it to its previous maximum size?

Open Source applications
Open source applications such as LibreOffice and Inkscape are much easier to install and much more stable in Linux, and maybe even on Windows, than on the Mac.I haven´t had a single LibreOffice/OpenOffice crash in years on Linux, but plenty on the Mac

And the list goes on and on. Please stop posting these paid advertisements on OSNews.

Nobody I know uses a Mac for real work unless you are a DJ.

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