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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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RE: Makes no sense to me
by Shane on Fri 23rd May 2014 02:54 UTC in reply to "Makes no sense to me"
Shane
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Surely more is going on than itunes, aesthetics, and the mouse. If this was the only reason to get a mac, then the extra $1,000 you have to dish out for it would not be worth it.

For that reason I find the sentence, "Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment" totally confusing.


I think that it's a fair statement as things currently stand. Sure, you do pay a premium for a rMBP, but for over 6 months now, a Retina MacBook Pro has had:

1) A retina screen
2) PCIe SSD
3) 802.11ac wifi
4) A non-sucky trackpad

You'd have a hard time finding a PC notebook that has all of the above right now. Apple notebooks are often ahead of the curve. They are usually among the first manufacturers to ship the latest Intel processors for example. This obviously depends on where we are in the update cycle, but generally, you can just purchase an Apple notebook and not have this nagging feeling that there might be another system out there that you might have overlooked. Apple gets most of the things right most of the time. A MacBook is a safe bet. Price excepted, you rarely think "this would be a great fit for me, but for...".

If I really have to nitpick, I'd say that the keyboard travel could be better. The keyboards on the old PowerBooks were awesome. The current crop is good, but not great. I am also partial to ThinkPads because of their keyboards. I'd probably rock a ThinkPad if I didn't like OS X.

As for iTunes, that's a program that I reluctantly have to rely on. I would be pretty indifferent to it if it didn't crash so often.

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