Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Aug 2011 17:12 UTC, submitted by R_T_F_M
Apple The lure of shiny toys has helped Apple's BSD-based Mac OS X operating system overtake Linux to become the operating system that is the second most used by developers, according to Evans Data.
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by jack_perry on Wed 10th Aug 2011 18:10 UTC in reply to "."
jack_perry
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2005-07-06

how so?

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by Zifre on Wed 10th Aug 2011 21:32 in reply to "RE: ."
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2009-10-04

However doing development on systems running Linux was always seen to be a safe bet, simply because Linux has in the past been far more stable than Windows.

The author clearly has no idea what he's talking about. There are many reasons why one would choose Linux (or Windows) for development. Stability is very rarely one of them (i.e. they're both generally stable enough and have been for a long time).

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by MacTO on Thu 11th Aug 2011 00:01 in reply to "RE[2]: ."
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2006-09-21

It depends what the author meant by 'in the past'.

If you look back 10 (maybe 15 years), you would find that Unix was a popular development because of its stability. You definitely did not want to develop software under DOS, Windows 3.x, or even Windows 9x unless you were targetting those platforms because a critical bug would send the system into a nose-dive (either via crashing those OS, or leaving it in an unknown state that would make bugs hard to track). Of course that started changing with the introduction of Windows NT, but I don't think that developers started moving to Windows as a development platform en-masse until Windows 2000 or XP.

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by OSbunny on Thu 11th Aug 2011 18:54 in reply to "RE[2]: ."
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2009-05-23

Linux on the desktop used to be stable. It no longer is. Most desktop Linux distros are buggy and less stable than Windows. That has been my experience with OpenSUSE, Fedora and Kubuntu. Its sad really. I think its because they've moved to a faster release cycle and try to pack in much more software so not everything gets fully tested.

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