Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:21 UTC, submitted by Shane
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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Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays).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[4]: Hear this...
by biffuz on Sat 24th May 2014 14:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hear this..."
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might be of interest to you as a MacBook user.

Absolutely NOT. This applies to every single modern PC. And pretty much every modern electronic appliance.

Too bad I can't vote you down for the usual anti-Apple propaganda.

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RE[5]: Hear this...
by pica on Sat 24th May 2014 15:00 in reply to "RE[4]: Hear this..."
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no, I am not anti-Apple and I like my iPod.

When I got my Sony Pro 13 (Jan '14) I also evaluated the Apple AirBook, but that laptop was not available with a matte, non-glare screen. Overall build quality of the Apple AirBook is fine and it also would have been significally cheaper.

But, I dislike glare screens. This week I prepared a Compaq 15,6" AMD A4-5000 based laptop with glare screen laptop for my father. After just 2 hours updating, (un-)installing, configuring, ... that box I felt my eyes hurt.


Edited 2014-05-24 15:01 UTC

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