Why did a Debian developer switch to a Mac?

In today's open source roundup: A Debian developer switches to a Mac. Plus: Chromebooks are burning up the sales charts, and the KDE Plasma 5 desktop arrives

Apple's products have generally never been held in high regard by many Linux users. So it came as a big shock to some that a Debian developer recently switched to a Mac. Why would someone involved with Debian move toward Apple's OS X and away from Linux? The Click blog took a look at this and tried to figure out what motivated this move by the developer.

According to Click:

What can I say? With the Apple Macintosh seemingly being left for dead as iPhone and iPad shovel in the revenue, Mac laptops have quietly become the platform of choice for developers everywhere.

Fragmentation in the Linux desktop space and what appears to be not just a lack of attention to detail but a willful rejection of same — both of these haven’t helped. But I can see how developers who aren’t Linux distro developers want to go for what’s “easy,” if not at all cheap.

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Debian developer switches to Mac

The developer in question also posted on his own blog about, and shared his thoughts about why he made the move to a Mac:

According to Jmtd:

It appears I have switched for good. I've been meaning to write about this for some time, but I couldn't quite get the words right. I doubted I could express my frustrations in a constructive, helpful way, even if I think that my experiences are useful and my discoveries valuable, perhaps I would put them across in a way that seemed inciteful rather than insightful. I wasn't sure anyone cared. Certainly the GNOME community doesn't seem interested in feedback.

I turns out that one person that doesn't care is me: I didn't realise just how broken the F/OSS desktop is. The straw that broke the camel's back was the file manager replacing type-ahead find with a search but (to seemlessly switch metaphor) it turns out I'd been cut a thousand times already. I'm not just on the other side of the fence, I'm several fields away.

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While this move by the developer has gotten some media coverage, I don't think it's all that big of a deal. I think it's less of a reflection on the Linux desktop and more a case of one user finding something that worked better for him. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, more power to the developer if a Mac is what he wants to use.

There are still plenty of folks out there who prefer the Linux desktop to OS X, and I don't see that changing simply because one developer makes a different choice. It also remains to be seen if the developer will actually stay with the Mac as time goes by. Apple does things their way, and at some point they may do something that irritates the developer to the point where he switches back to a Linux-based computer.

So I think all of this is much ado about nothing. The Linux desktop will survive, and it will continue to get better and better over time. It will always be another valid choice alongside OS X, Windows, Chrome OS and other options. And people having choices is what really matters in the grand scheme of things, not what choice a particular individual makes in the short term.

Chromebook sales through the roof

ITworld notes that Chromebook sales skyrocketed in the first half of this year.

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