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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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 have been forced to use OS X and here´s a few quick impressions. I don´t have time for a full review of all of the crap I have encountered.

Look and feel

If you care about how your OS looks, OSX may suite you (tastes vary). If you care about your OS looking different from the way you got it, OSX is definitely not for you.

You mentioned font size - that isn't a look a feel issue, its a usability issue , and yes, imo OSX still has problems in this area (there are multiple ways to address the problem but all of them have caveats). Its not much worse than Windows though (better in some ways, worse in others).

As far as the color of the folders... I personally don't care about stuff like that at all. But if you actually do, you may as well try something else because Apple doesn't want the OS to look the way you want it to, they want it to look the way they designed it to look. Opinions on this approach to usability design (homogeneous vs heterogeneous) vary, but Apple is definitely in the homogeneous design camp.

The dock as a task manager is a mess as it is hard to see what is open and what is not.

There is a little indicator under each open item (assuming you are using default settings). I don't find it to be a problem at all.

In KDE or even Windows 7, I can look at my task manager and pick the right application windows from several windows of the same app by just looking at the task manager. In OS X, that operation requires several clicks or keyboard presses.

Right-click (or two-finger tap), pick the window from the jump list... Whats the problem with that? It actually works almost exactly the same way as Windows 7 (there has been a lot of "borrowing' between MS and Apple in this particular area - in both directions - they are almost the same now).

Why do I have to sort manually all the applications in “LaunchPad”?
Why in heaven´s name can I not right click and sort alphabetically? If you use a lot of applications, and I do, it is an exercise in frustration.

If you just start typing the name of what you want it will filter the display by name... That said, you are right, it is a stupid omission. On the other hand I find Launchpad to be nothing more than iPad/iPhone propaganda - it doesn't serve any useful purpose to me. I just put my applications folder on the dock, put it in list view, and Im done. Same thing (a list of all your apps), but they are already in alphabetical order that way and I don't have to switch to a fullscreen view to deal with it).

Why isn´t it possible to split the “Finder”, MAC OS file manager, in two panes to copy files back and forth? Why can´t I split my desktop horizontally or vertically by snapping applications to the top or the side of the screen, just like Windows and KDE have done for a long time?

Id like that too ;)

Why will the top bar of an application not maximize the window? Why does maximizing a windows not take over all available area and only restore it to its previous maximum size?

Its not a maximize button... Apps that support full screen operation have a "maximize" button on the right - apps that don't just have zoom (the button you are talking about). Zoom just expands the window to its contents, not to the screen. This gripe is not one I agree with you on - I far prefer this behavior..

Open source applications such as LibreOffice and Inkscape are much easier to install and much more stable in Linux, and maybe even on Windows, than on the Mac.

Well I don't use either of those, but Im a developer and I have hundreds of open source apps/tools (some GUI based, some console). I actually find I have less trouble in this area than on Linux, mostly thanks to homebrew (homebrew rocks).

And the list goes on and on. Please stop posting these paid advertisements on OSNews.

Thats not fair. Opinions vary - some people like OSX, some people don't. I could make a list just like yours listing reasons why OSX is better, but its not - its just different. If you like how its different you'll like it, if not you won't. That simple.

Nobody I know uses a Mac for real work unless you are a DJ.

I have an entire web development team that would beg to differ...

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kwan_e Member since:

"Nobody I know uses a Mac for real work unless you are a DJ.

I have an entire web development team that would beg to differ...

Like he said. Real work.

* j/k

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galvanash Member since:

Like he said. Real work.

* j/k

...well its real work sometimes ;)

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WorknMan Member since:

There is a little indicator under each open item (assuming you are using default settings). I don't find it to be a problem at all.

I've never tried OSX for any length of time, but I hated the way this works in Windows 7. The ONLY items I want to see in the dock/taskbar are the ones I have open. Fortunately, Windows (as of 8.1) gives me this option. Not sure about OSX. I'm not sure this is something I could ever get used to. I tried it for about a day in Win7, and was about ready to pull my hair out, esp when I had two different copies of the same app open, with only one icon in the taskbar to represent both of them.

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"Nobody I know uses a Mac for real work unless you are a DJ.

I have an entire web development team that would beg to differ...

And I use my MBP for SAP projects. Show me anything that's more business and "real work" related than this: huge ERP systems, big iron, databases in the terabyte range

In previous years I have also used Windows and Linux. Currently a top of the line MBP simply works the best for me.

Time machine is awesome. Before going on a business trip I create a backup. If anything bad happens I get a new MBP, run a restore. Voilá: I have the same environment as before. Just smooth. No time wasted on tinkering with a new laptop. That's what I expect from an enterprise grade machine.

Recently I had a good laugh: I have a SAP sandbox system running in a VM on the MBP. For one customer I installed a SAP development system running in a VM on their VMWare server. Looking at the resources I noticed that the sandbox system on my Mac has actually more power than the customer system shared by a couple of developers.

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