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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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I run Linux on servers and I find it extremely useful there. I've had it on the desktop too. I don't find it particularly difficult to use, but at the same time there's no compelling reason for me to run linux on a desktop/laptop. Unfortunately, application support isn't there, which is why I can't recommend it for friends.

As for hardware, linux compatibility can be hit or miss, most things work, but without sufficient support from vendors it can be a struggle to get *everything* working. Stores won't stock hardware lacking windows support, yet they'll regularly stock hardware that doesn't support linux. It isn't even linux'es fault that manufacturers neglect to provide the drivers/specs, yet this lack of official support continues to be a nagging impediment to linux adoption.

I suspect OSX would probably face the exact same compatibility issues if it existed as a standalone product. Consider this, Linux is nearly always judged by it's ability to run on unsupported hardware. OSX is never judged by this standard.

Few blame OSX when a hackintosh doesn't work, but they do blame linux under the same circumstances.

I hate to admit it, but Linux desktops/laptops have more problems because they don't select the hardware (aka apple) and they don't have much influence with 3rd party manufacturers (aka microsoft).

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