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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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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RS232 is useful for some people but its use cases are hardly mainstream these days. You're average computer or even developer joe will have no use for it, and there are USB adapters.

Agreed on the ethernet.

VGA though? It needs to die, and quick.

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Bobthearch Member since:

VGA though? It needs to die, and quick.

Modern screens I've used have connectors for both HDMI and VGA. Older screens have only VGA.

For the time being at least, VGA is the most universal video cable format.

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Ultimatebadass Member since:

It's the most universal, but also very shitty in any decent resolution. It's a crime against your eyes at anything above 1280x1024. It. Needs. To. Die.

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