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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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: Comment by vivainio
by TemporalBeing on Fri 23rd May 2014 18:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by vivainio"
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At work, I use a MBP now.

Same here, MBP Retina.

It's a good 'middle ground' in that it runs MS software (office, lync), VPN works, but you still get most of the tools and terminal convenience as with Linux.

Ehh...not quite. If you install homebrew stuff you can get most of the way there. Still, nothing like the Linux Desktop environments; and only works if you can get use to the various Mac-specific keyboard shortcuts.

After 6 weeks, it drove me nuts and I reformatted the system over to Linux so now it's Kubuntu 14.04.

That said, there's some things that don't quite work right with it - namely disconnecting the Thunberbolt/Lightening Ethernet and sleep mode.

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