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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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No, I say that as a counter to "GNU/Linux is always easier than OS X", which is what porcel was implying.

You were saying that as a counter to this:

Open source applications such as LibreOffice and Inkscape are much easier to install and much more stable in Linux

Which is a far cry from what you claim he is implying. The widest scope of his claim is installing open source software is easier, not software in general.

A better argument would be that it is those open source applications that don't support OS X as well as other platforms.

Using software installation to try to say OS X is crap

Which is not what he did. He listed it as an aspect of OS X which he thinks is crap. In general, that's the point of those lists - not that any one item makes it crap, but is one part that is crap.

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Morgan Member since:

Read his post in its entirety again, and notice the general tone of "OS X/Mac sucks". It all comes to a head with his last flamebait sentence. Granted, a lot of his points are relevant, and I agree with some of what he wrote, as I already mentioned above. I'm just calling out factual errors and strawman arguments. In turn, you're nitpicking my nitpicks. It's quite the vicious circle, isn't it?

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kwan_e Member since:

Read his post in its entirety again, and notice the general tone of "OS X/Mac sucks".?

Yes, but he didn't say, as you claim, that software installation ALONE makes it the worst. His post in its entirety did that.

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