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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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iTunes is one factor with my continued use of OS X. However, with Apple's recent shift in new systems using SSD, I might be forced to get a Windows box for my iTunes box soon. I have a bunch of external hard drives using all my available usb ports on my Mac and they make it impossible to put a decent disk in them these days. With the Mac Pro ruined with no drive bays, there are no upgrade options anymore. A windows PC can have drive bays for iTunes content. It's amazing to me that Apple has failed so miserably at cloud stuff when their computers have no disk space. If I were a typical user with a laptop Mac, I'd literally have no where to put my music and video. A laptop is not portable with 3 usb hard drives sticking out of it.

iTunes is not forgiving if the drive is not available when it's opened. They really assume the user can put everything in their home directory on the boot drive. iTunes match only works with DRM free music or DRM music they still carry. Video is out of the question. I don't think you can stream movies or tv shows with match yet.

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