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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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Yep, i get the impression that OSX get a whole lot of traction because it frankly is a off the shelf *nix.

One that you can walk into any Apple store with and get tech support to look at.

End result is that they can be found in the hands of quite a few that otherwise only touch *nix on some kind of server.

And frankly, Apple is the only ones that can pull this. Because Dell, HP and the rest are so dependent on the MS bulk discounts for their margins that any serious attempt at getting anything similar out there instantly flatlines.

Yes, they may toy with it endlessly or test the water ever so often. Maybe offer a RH alternative for "workstations". But off the shelf on the high street, forget it.

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