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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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[3]: The OSX CLI is good?
by galvanash on Fri 23rd May 2014 06:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The OSX CLI is good?"
galvanash
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2006-01-25

The use case is porting UNIX software, aka C based Linux GTK applications to Mac OSX. To initially compile against GTK, and slowly remove the dependancies on GTK/GL to port to an Aqua/Cocoa/AppleGL gui.


Yeah... That was my "sucks hard" scenario. I feel for you.

You should be able to just do this to get glib/gtk

brew update
brew install glib cairo gtk


Of course you probably tried that already... I know gtk in particular often breaks - its seems to be kind of off and on as far as OSX goes.

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