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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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 lucabotti on Thu 22nd May 2014 21:36 UTC in reply to "Sounds like an ad for Apple"
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Totally Agree. My wife has a Mac since 2008, while I have been running Linux as my desktop for the past ten years (Suse, Debian, Gentoo, Fedora), both on Gnome and KDE.
OS X works, but I would not work on that. It's a nice machine (MBP 13 with i7) but the bouncing ball happens too often.

Me? Haven't had issues with external projectors for the past 5+ yrs, my Latitude E6420 (2nd generation Core i7) is quite capable, Fedora runs very well, i have all the tools I need and eventually can fallback to a Windows 7 VM...

Freedom is freedom.


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