re: Which 2018 Mac is best for web development? VIEW POST


I don't use a Mac, but I hope you'll find my input valuable anyways. 😊

I purchased an this LG Gram in January, and love it. It's so lightweight compared to my old Lenovo W530 I have from college.

With the help of a friend, I trashed the Windows OS and loaded Ubuntu 18.04. My W530 had 17.04 for nearly 2 years. It's perfect for my development process. All I really use are the terminal, VSCode, and GIMP (and Chrome, obviously 😉). Whenever I have documents to write (rarely), I just use Google Docs.

It sounds like you may not need a Mac specifically, but if that's the preference you're sticking to, would you share why? I've never had one am curious.


I’ve used MacOS since 1999. I am comfortable in Ubuntu or Mint as well. Basically Apple gives you bash similar to Linux, but the software offerings for MacOS are much greater than Linux. I can’t stand Microsoft UX usually. Even VSCode in MacOS leaves me unfulfilled at times, especially when it comes to file management. It’s true no one needs a Mac for web development, but I am rather deep in the Apple ecosystem. iPhone, iPad, the whole shebam. I trust Apple more than say Google or Microsoft too, however still have some qualms with their latest business practices. That’s fantastic you get along well running Ubuntu. I’m kinda nerdy jealous TBH. I just have too much invested in Apple to consider moving on.


At least we can agree that Windows is terrible. It's what we have set up at work, I think because the non-software peeps use Microsoft programs. Still! If only the software devs could pick their own special set up... Also, it's your wallet and your money, you can spend it wherever you want to. :)

Are you really serious or are you just joking?

Maybe because lots of web developers run Windows especially when the stack involves .NET 🤔

If it doesn't work for you doesn't make it bad, all the web I do on any *nix env I do on windows too php/node/python it is not a problem and I often prefer to do my web dev on windows so; no its not terrible its just not your thing ¯_(ツ)_/¯

That’s great you know what works for you. That’s why I think everyone should be able to choose their own set up. ☺️

Windows is a very powerful, flexible & broad system. It works under more conditions than any other OS (many *nix) & in strange use cases & flavors (kiosks, medical, atms, large deployments for example etc). It comes with paid support for business critical systems.

To build anything substantial you need to have core skills with a bunch of operating systems. This thread is generally about Apple purchasing decisions, but Windows is critical (as is Linux/Unix & a few others). Some of the best devs I have seen use Win regardless of .net

Don't fall into the trap of liking & skilling only on a single OS, over time the balance shifts.

I prefer Linux. It’s nothing personal. ☺️

I have no preference. Rendering is nice on OSX (nix based). Consumer/Office features Win. Server Linux. Android & iOS app dev. The same people & technologies often work across all of them at different periods. They move from one to the other. All can be customized to do what you like.

You can't make IOS apps on Win well but you shouldn't build sites without testing on Win either.

More mainstream operating systems, developed by distinctly different groups would-be interesting.

I’m very familiar with how to develop and test applications. Can we move on?

This convo is about which Mac is good for web development. I didn’t really intend for it to be a convo about different platforms.

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