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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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 dogfood
by nicubunu on Fri 23rd May 2014 06:48 UTC
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Beyond the hardware aspect, this article give a good pointer about why so many things go the wrong way in the Linux/FOSS world these days: a lot of (paid) developers who don't like and don't understand Linux, they prefer to use something different. Thus, they try to morph Linux into something to their liking, so we end with GNOME 3, Systemd and so on. Their are f*cking our Linux desktop experience.

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RE: no dogfood
by pica on Fri 23rd May 2014 09:17 in reply to "no dogfood"
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My wife and myself use Linux as default system since 1994. I use UNIX since 1989.

My desktop history
* OpenView
* Motif (incl. CDE, 4DWM)

our common
* AfterStep
* Gnome2
* Gnome3

and we both like Gnome3 very much.


Edited 2014-05-23 09:17 UTC

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RE[2]: no dogfood
by bnolsen on Fri 23rd May 2014 14:48 in reply to "RE: no dogfood"
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Used twm or whatever was on the IBM rt's at school and whatever apollo workstations had. NextStep was just okay but something rubbed me wrong about it. First job ran OpenLook, the olvwm virtual desktop. Had to struggle to get CDE to do the things I really liked about olvwm.

For work I've settled with windowmaker, for laptops, etc xfce. Both gnome and kde really bother me.

Perhaps I'm not able to articulate it properly but I think I prefer window managers that get the hell out of my way and let me work on my applications most efficiently. xfce can be somewhat irritating but both kde and gnome are pretty upsetting to me.

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