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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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]: Comments on Mac laptops
by Alfman on Fri 23rd May 2014 18:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Comments on Mac laptops"
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huh? what's an optical drive for? I haven't had a machine with one in it for i think 5 years now.

Actually they can still prove useful.

My parents bought a laptop without a DVD drive and I ended up needing to buy them an external DVD drive to install software they needed. The external drive is much clunkier than an internal drive would have been, and much less portable. It doesn't need to come out often, but I find it lame to require external accessories.

DVDs are nice to have while we're on long road trips. Not everyone has access to expensive mobile broadband packages needed for streaming (ie netflix). And unfortunately most streaming services are DRM encumbered with media that cannot be saved for later viewing. This leaves DVDs as the most practical way of obtaining DRM-free media that can be used anywhere without restriction (owing to the ineffectiveness of DVDCSS).

Even commercial services like netflix have a much broader DVD collection than streaming collection. The public library's media collection requires a DVD player too. We purchased a collection of French Children's Shows for our kids to watch, which don't air locally and are only available to purchase as DVDs.

I don't want to make too huge a fuss over it, we can get by without DVDs, but I thought it'd be worth pointing out that there's still a lot of media out there only available on DVDs.

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