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Arden de Raaij

The last time I had a Windows based system was 2013, so I'm a little out of touch. The reason for me to switch to OSX back then, was because the lack of improvement for webdevelopers. I didn't dislike Windows, I just wanted a proper terminal and for my ruby gems to install without tears. Many tutorials I came across were aimed at osx or linux, and getting these linux based things to work always seemed like such a hassle on Windows.

I believe nowadays Windows has taken great steps forward. You can actually install a bash shell on Windows 10, how cool is that? Microsoft seemed to have worked hard to close the gap.

What I still don't like is the bad build quality of many Windows based laptops. I used to have Vaio's and they were great, but with Asus, Acer and Dell I've had nothing but trouble. I just don't want to waste that time anymore.

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Ben Halpern

Yeah, getting into Ruby was what got me away from Windows. I suspect, though I haven't been watching super carefully, that Windows has been putting in work to improve for webdevs/open source. Sure seems to be what Microsoft as a whole is doing.

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John Welty

I would agree that hardware manufacturers hurt Windows. Hoping the Surface line will give them reason to up their games. Lenovo was the last one that wasn't dead to me before the Surface Book was first announced. I pounced.

My wife liked the build quality of that and wanted one but it had some quirks that only an early adopter would put up with so I encouraged her to shop around. She chose the MacBook Pro instead (she's not a developer). She got one right before the touch bar rolled out.

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Arden de Raaij

Ah that's a thing though! I've got a late 2013 MacBook Pro and it's a great machine. If it would die tomorrow, I'd probably try and get a 2015 MacBook without that useless touch bar. I'm not a big fan of Apples latest machines either 😭