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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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"Nobody I know uses a Mac for real work unless you are a DJ.

I have an entire web development team that would beg to differ...

And I use my MBP for SAP projects. Show me anything that's more business and "real work" related than this: huge ERP systems, big iron, databases in the terabyte range

In previous years I have also used Windows and Linux. Currently a top of the line MBP simply works the best for me.

Time machine is awesome. Before going on a business trip I create a backup. If anything bad happens I get a new MBP, run a restore. Voilá: I have the same environment as before. Just smooth. No time wasted on tinkering with a new laptop. That's what I expect from an enterprise grade machine.

Recently I had a good laugh: I have a SAP sandbox system running in a VM on the MBP. For one customer I installed a SAP development system running in a VM on their VMWare server. Looking at the resources I noticed that the sandbox system on my Mac has actually more power than the customer system shared by a couple of developers.

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