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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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: Comments on Mac laptops
by bnolsen on Fri 23rd May 2014 14:42 UTC in reply to "Comments on Mac laptops"
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

huh? what's an optical drive for? I haven't had a machine with one in it for i think 5 years now. At work I keep a dual usb in the cabinet that gets use very rarely, funny mostly for doing windows installs. At home I have a single plug usb dvd which I've only ever used to rip media. Some gives/sends me a software DVD my first thought always is: "how quaint". Then the cursing as I have to go dig around to find the usb dvd drive.

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RE[2]: Comments on Mac laptops
by Bobthearch on Fri 23rd May 2014 15:10 in reply to "RE: Comments on Mac laptops"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

huh? what's an optical drive for?


Ripping CDs to create mp3 files. Gaming. Movies. Installing software. Burning CDs and DVDs. Accessing archived files. Playing music. Just about everything I use a computer for...

I don't expect an optical drive on a lightweight $300 travel netbook. But on a $2,000 workstation laptop? Ridiculous to not have it.

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RE[2]: Comments on Mac laptops
by Alfman on Fri 23rd May 2014 18:15 in reply to "RE: Comments on Mac laptops"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

bnolsen,

huh? what's an optical drive for? I haven't had a machine with one in it for i think 5 years now.


Actually they can still prove useful.

My parents bought a laptop without a DVD drive and I ended up needing to buy them an external DVD drive to install software they needed. The external drive is much clunkier than an internal drive would have been, and much less portable. It doesn't need to come out often, but I find it lame to require external accessories.

DVDs are nice to have while we're on long road trips. Not everyone has access to expensive mobile broadband packages needed for streaming (ie netflix). And unfortunately most streaming services are DRM encumbered with media that cannot be saved for later viewing. This leaves DVDs as the most practical way of obtaining DRM-free media that can be used anywhere without restriction (owing to the ineffectiveness of DVDCSS).

Even commercial services like netflix have a much broader DVD collection than streaming collection. The public library's media collection requires a DVD player too. We purchased a collection of French Children's Shows for our kids to watch, which don't air locally and are only available to purchase as DVDs.

I don't want to make too huge a fuss over it, we can get by without DVDs, but I thought it'd be worth pointing out that there's still a lot of media out there only available on DVDs.

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

I don't want to make too huge a fuss over it, we can get by without DVDs, but I thought it'd be worth pointing out that there's still a lot of media out there only available on DVDs.


Heck, most of the software I use, both at work and home, is distributed on CDs. In fact buy any consumer device and the included software is likely on a CD. Nikon, Canon, Texas Instruments, HP, Epson...

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RE[3]: Comments on Mac laptops
by zima on Tue 27th May 2014 18:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comments on Mac laptops"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

We purchased a collection of French Children's Shows for our kids to watch, which don't air locally and are only available to purchase as DVDs.

So... you just ousted yourself as being from France originally? Or maybe Canada/Quebec?
;p

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