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Sue Vela

Joined: Aug 21, 2010
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I am beginning to work in java web application development. Is it advisable to buy a Macbook or windows laptop. I have linux work environment. Is there any software that does not work on Mac. Thanks,
Hussein Baghdadi
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Joined: Nov 08, 2003
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If you are developing on Linux, why you want to switch? any thing that isn't working for you?
Java development is doable on any platform whether it is Windows, OS X or Linux.
Bear Bibeault
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While the Mac is a nice machine, if you are just going to run Linux, you'll be missing most of its advantages. I'd go with the Mac if you want to run OS X, or to be able to run either of Windows or OS X.

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Pat Farrell

Joined: Aug 11, 2007
Posts: 4659

If you have a linux work machine, would you not also want a linux home machine? Especially since Linux software is so much cheaper than OS-X stuff?

If you did not use Linux, I could see reasons to not learn it, but you have to learn it for your work.

BTW, a better phrasing of the question is:

which OS? Windows 7, OS-X or some Linux.
Jesper de Jong
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Welcome to JavaRanch.

The question "should I buy a PC or a Mac" is one of those old, never-ending questions that people have no doubt wasted millions of hours of discussion on, without ever getting to a definitive answer. So don't expect to get The Answer here...

Java works well on all major operating systems, and all the major Java IDEs and other tools and products all work on the Mac. For Java development, it doesn't matter whether you get a PC or a Mac - you can do professional Java development on both equally well. There is no compelling reason to get one or the other for this purpose.

It comes down to personal preference, and nobody else but you can tell you what your own personal preference is.

I have a MacBook Pro and it's a great laptop. I also have a Windows PC (with Windows 7) and I also use Linux (Ubuntu). I wouldn't buy a Mac and then not use OS X on it. Macs simply work best with OS X.

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Allan A Peak

Joined: Sep 20, 2010
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I use Windows at work. I prefer OSX at home, but I also have Windows & Linux under VMWare Fusion. I haven't tried Eclipse at home, but it's supposed to work under any of the 3, and Java itself works the same on any of them.
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