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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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I prefer Gnome3, but also use Windows 8.1
by pica on Fri 23rd May 2014 09:08 UTC
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even if Windows 8.1 lacks a lot of features I am used to use.
* Virtual desktops and
* arrange windows
are the most painfull missing features for me.

But Windows IMHO is the only choice doing .NET or Microsoft Office developments. Simply, most of my customers use Windows as desktop and the deliveries must work on Windows. On the server side Linux clearly dominates at my customers computing centres.

Apple OSX is not used by any of my customers, but Apple iOS, Android and even Windows Phone are used.


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