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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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by judgen on Thu 22nd May 2014 20:47 UTC
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Most of my apps are available on OSX, but the OS is so gosh darn ugly that it is painful. Flat everywhere even the scrollbars where it makes no sense at all and apple breaks any theming software available for the OS with new releases. Do not get me wrong i still love my powerbook and use it almost every day but i rarely use my intel macs, but in my personal taste 10.4.11 was the best version of OSX and has been going down hill since then in general.

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