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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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: Outdate displays?
by CaptainN- on Fri 23rd May 2014 15:39 UTC in reply to "Outdate displays?"
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A very strange comment Thom made about displays. At whatever price point or size, the display on an Apple laptop is one of it's selling points, being at least an IPS panel (vs. TN on most PCs) and retina in the larger form factors. If you want to see a crappy display, look at ANY windows laptop. I guess maybe there are some IPS/HiDPI ultrabooks or higher priced PC laptops that I haven't seen in reality. But if you go with Windows, you are stuck with their crappy multi-DPI-screen support, when you hook up an external monitor.

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