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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Really? Its kind of a mess, IMHO. The only reason to use it was historically to buy/rent movies and music and interact with ipods.

There are better ways of doing most of what it was good for.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. People say iTunes is better on OSX than it is on Windows. I guess it must be REALLY f-king awesome to make up for how absolutely TERRIBLE it is on Windows. In fact, I find iTunes on Windows so patently offensive, I'd rather tongue the sweaty asshole of a Kenyan marathon runner than have it even installed. I hate it as much as the Angry Video Game Nerd hates Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M_4Yqk65f8

That being said, although I am no fan of OSX, Apple makes some really sweet laptops. My boss has one, and, if any PC vendor makes a better laptop than that, I haven't seen one.

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bryanv Member since:
2005-08-26

I hate iTunes, and I'm on a Mac.

Yes, it's even more horrible on Windows.

It started out as a decent music player, and then somehow got morphed into a device management behemoth. Seems like a huge epic shoe-horn to me.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Samsung and Asus make some pretty sweet laptops that are comparable to Mac notebooks in design, and exceed them in performance. Lenovo makes awesome business laptops as well, though they are more industrial in design.

I've always seen Macs as mediocre hardware wrapped in pretty, minimalist designs, with a powerful OS. As long as the hardware is fast enough to run the current version of the OS, it takes a back seat in importance.

Of course there is the high price tag associated with Macs, but if you need a modern, stable version of OS X bad enough you'll pay it.

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laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

iTunes is one factor with my continued use of OS X. However, with Apple's recent shift in new systems using SSD, I might be forced to get a Windows box for my iTunes box soon. I have a bunch of external hard drives using all my available usb ports on my Mac and they make it impossible to put a decent disk in them these days. With the Mac Pro ruined with no drive bays, there are no upgrade options anymore. A windows PC can have drive bays for iTunes content. It's amazing to me that Apple has failed so miserably at cloud stuff when their computers have no disk space. If I were a typical user with a laptop Mac, I'd literally have no where to put my music and video. A laptop is not portable with 3 usb hard drives sticking out of it.

iTunes is not forgiving if the drive is not available when it's opened. They really assume the user can put everything in their home directory on the boot drive. iTunes match only works with DRM free music or DRM music they still carry. Video is out of the question. I don't think you can stream movies or tv shows with match yet.

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