Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:21 UTC, submitted by Shane
General Development

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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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by Bobthearch on Fri 23rd May 2014 05:39 UTC
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I'm not a developer, but here are my brief review comments on the Apple MacBooks and I've used at work:

One needs a new battery. Can't just snap the old one out and a new one in, have to take apart the case. So no carrying an extra battery for a quick spare. Dumb design.

The screens are beautiful, but I hate the keyboards. Miserably poor tactile feedback. I don't have one handy at the moment to check, but their keyboards feel cramped too, smaller than Dell Latitude or Lenovo that I'm accustomed to. It may be a visual thing though, with the bezels around all of the keys.

No standard connectors, have to buy Apple-brand cable adapters for everything. SCAM.

No optical drives = Deal-breaker.

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