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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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[2]: Comment by vivainio
by Alfman on Fri 23rd May 2014 00:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
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Vanders,

I wouldn't pay for it myself but if my employer wants to pay the premium then I'm fine with that: I get a decent laptop with excellent battery life that does what I need. (Actually my one complaint hardware wise is that it only has two Thunderbolt ports and no Ethernet port)


I wouldn't turn one down either, but I agree the price tag is hard to justify personally. Also, a "pro" laptop should have an ethernet port since I still frequently need it!


I don't buy the idea that OS X is some sort of Gods Gift to operating systems. It annoys the piss out me plenty of times each and every day, frankly.


I didn't think of that, but you are right. I find it ironic that the fanboys themselves create a kind of stigma around the platform (not everyone mind you, but a disproportionate about compared to other platforms). I'd use an apple laptop to get work done, but I'd want nothing to do with the smugness that these apple users so often exhibit. If I had a macbook, I might deface it to 'be different' and make a statement; I wonder if this would void the warranty?

Edited 2014-05-23 00:28 UTC

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