Re: Veteran developer ditches Microsoft for open source
Posted by: Anonymous
on July 24, 2008 03:05 PM
Not really... I came to the Mac from the Linux world. Been running Linux since before kernel version 0.97.0! It really sux trying to get Linux to run on a laptop and Apple's laptops are among the best in the business. Under the hood, Apple Mac OS X 10.5 is really FreeBSD with a custom Mach kernel. Apple gives you all the developer tools and API's for free with the OS. I can do everything I can do on Linux on a Mac (download just about any Linux or FreeBSD software, and compile it), plus run all the Apple software (Adobe apps, etc.) and WinXP/Vista/Win2k3/etc in a Virtual Machine. I can even run 32bit & 64bit at the same time! I can also interconnect to any other OS over the network. Sun, AIX, Linux, FreeBSD, Microsoft, & mainframes. I've got a MacPro w/8 cores and 8GB's of RAM and I can run multiple VM's alongside Mac OS X while I interconnect each VM to each other while developing and testing an entire multi-server solution! I can even take all my Mac's and have them collaborate on big compiles to shorten the compile time! Mac's are the ultimate developer and sysadmin system! A Unix SysAdmin with a Mac laptop is unstoppable! No task is outside his/her grasp! I am not an Apple Zealot, use what works for you! But Apple's work quite nicely for me! I still run Commercial Unix & Linux under VM on a Mac and on production servers. I still run and support WinXP/Vista/Win2k3 but I feel so dirty afterwards!