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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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[3]: Still not there
by tylerdurden on Fri 23rd May 2014 19:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Still not there"
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Well, first you have to define what "old days" means. Because Microsoft was just as bad as Apple in those "old days."

Edited 2014-05-23 20:03 UTC

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RE[4]: Still not there
by moondevil on Fri 23rd May 2014 22:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Still not there"
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Old days means proprietary Apple hardware and software APIs.

Microsoft was still busy with MS-DOS and early Windows shells running on top of it.

On those days, they still didn't had the stronghold on the PC industry, which they started to pick up with Windows 95.

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RE[5]: Still not there
by tylerdurden on Sat 24th May 2014 00:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Still not there"
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Both, MSDOS and Windows were proprietary and closed source. I fail to see what the point you're trying to make is, other than going out of your way to indict Apple for basically doing what every other vendor was doing in the early 80s, Microsoft included.

In the big scheme of things, Apple has been cozier to the FOSS community in this century than Microsoft. Far from ideal, and still a pretty evil corporation on their own right. But that just highlights how anti-thethical to FOSS MS has traditionally been. So...

Edited 2014-05-24 00:46 UTC

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