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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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[2]: Yeah, pretty much nailed it.
by bryanv on Fri 23rd May 2014 15:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Yeah, pretty much nailed it."
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Sure you can do a live fs query thanks to spotlight, but it's not the same as BeOS, since the applications Apple creates use walled-garden databases rather than the _filesystem_ as the database.

So while I can query the file system using a smart folder, I can't just open the smart-folder in iTunes and use it as a playlist. Oh no, I have to create a 'smart playlist' for that.

Same for iPhoto.

It's things like this that keep it from being the indispensable tool it was on BeOS.

OS X is _close_. Very Very Close.

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