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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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The OSX CLI is good?
by Darkmage on Fri 23rd May 2014 01:08 UTC
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When did that happen? (I run a MacBook pro 2011 as my primary laptop machine.) Frankly, I can't agree with people talking about the OSX command line being so great. It has the worst dependancy hell I've ever seen compared to Debian, Ubuntu or even Gentoo Linux. Packages always broken, out of date, hard to upgrade. Conflicts between BSD and GNU libraries. Really basic stuff that should have been fixed years ago. Try installing glib, or gtk onto a MacBook. It's possible, but it's actually a pain to do. Fink, macports, etc, all tried, packages horribly out of date, or just missing.

Now Linux on the other hand, has a working CLI, but a horrifically broken UI. It's a shame that GNUstep never took off because then we'd have a system that's basically OSX on the Linux CLI (try installing the NSMacintoshMenu style and an Apple theme. It doesn't just look like OSX, it works like OSX too.). It's pretty funny that ElementaryOS which is basically Linux made to look like Mac has taken off so strongly, yet GNUstep which actually uses the Apple APIs on Linux has been left to rot.

Edited 2014-05-23 01:26 UTC

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