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Comment Re: Why is that useful? (Score 1) 187

Developers should use whatever platform they are most comfortable with.

Where I work, all of our code is designed to run on Linux, but all the developers ran Windows. Things were messy, because everyone created a tool chain around Windows (VMs with mounted shares, dev tools run locally on Windows, etc.), which did not work in production. When I came in and moved the toolchain to Linux, the integration became much nicer, because I could target Linux, but hand those tools off to the Windows users expecting minimal cross-platform fuss.

It's different enough to be frustrating (which is the best anyone can ever claim for Windows), but it definitely provided a lot of real value to us.

Comment Re:In a similar vein... (Score 1) 315

I've purchased 2 laptops, a desktop, and a small form factor machine from System 76. They've been solid, but nothing really to call home about. The first laptop (Gazelle) had a touchpad that was shifted a bit off to the left. I understand the design decision to put the touchpad centered below the keyboard letters, but it took a while to get used to. The second laptop (Lemur) was great. For desktop, I have a Ratel. When it arrived I noticed the case was bent a bit. I couldn't tell if it was from shipping or due to bad assembly with the power supply, but it functioned just fine, so I never contacted their support team. The one annoyance I had was that I upgrade it to include WiFi, but it never really got good reception, so I ended up moving the machine next to my router and connecting over ethernet. The small form factor (Meerkat) machine has been great. All of the machines were blazing fast, though I attribute that to running a clean Ubuntu install more than anything.

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