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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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You'll find that your mileage will be better if you approach new platforms with an open mind. It's unfortunate that you're being forced to use OS X. However, if you take the time to look around, you might find that many of your issues can easily be addressed with free software. Other issues simply fade away as you get used to the new platform. Who knows, you might even end up liking the new way of doing things better. It's happened to me in the past as I've moved between operating systems, desktop environments, window managers, programming languages, frameworks, etc.

I know some programmers who insist on using their own code style regardless of the language and conventions around the language when they code for a new platform. Don't be that guy.

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