Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:21 UTC, submitted by Shane
General Development

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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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 Jaxxed on Mon 26th May 2014 10:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by vivainio"
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as someone who develops more webapps than anything else, the vagrant route was my solution when on a mac or win machine, but the performance gets horrible (VBox in particular.)

When developing natively on linux (most of my servers are linux) then tools such as lxc and docker make all of those problems go away.
Vagrant-lxc and vagrant-docker aren't in the greatest shape, but once tweaked they work well.

Honestly though, that it takes some 10 seconds to get a new vm up and running is a big pro.

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