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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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RE[4]: Comments on Mac laptops
by Bobthearch on Fri 23rd May 2014 15:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comments on Mac laptops"
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"Ethernet, rs232, vga...

While I don't disagree that the lack of an Ethernet port is annoying, and that Thunderbolt devices are eye-watteringly expensive, who cares about RS232 on a laptop?

Work related, mostly. All of our comm stuff, even programming brand new modems, is serial port rs232.

Not many new consumer items use serial port connections; USB has become the standard, thankfully. But there are a lot of old devices still in use. Personally, I use it for a Garmin GPS and a TI calculator.

I have used the USB-serial adapters. They work well but do require special drivers installed.

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