Switching from Linux for main OS on Drupal development laptop
I have used Linux as my main OS on my laptop for the last ~5 years. At the time I got the laptop, using VMs didn't seem like a viable option (though maybe it really was). I used Windows XP + Cygwin prior to that and that was okay. I have never had a Mac and don't own any Apple products (shocking, I know).
I got a Toshiba laptop about a month ago (and a Dell prior to that that was returned). The current issue right now with running Linux as the main OS for the new laptops is that the touchpad drivers are HORRIBLE... really, really horrible...
I returned the Dell because I kept accidentally touching the asymmetrically placed touchpad since it was so big and so wide and so sensitive. I tried adjusting the sensitivity and tried bleeding edge drivers, etc. to no avail. The only option would have been to turn off the touchpad and use an external mouse which I didn't want to do. I like being very portable and use a treadmill desk that doesn't easily lend itself to an external mouse.
For the last month, I've been hobbling along with the Toshiba and it's having the same sort of issues as the Dell and it has other issues because the buttons are integrated into the touchpad. I turned off tapping via the touchpad so that I wouldn't trigger the mouse flying everywhere but it still is annoying. I've adjusted sensitivity, etc. As an experiment, I partitioned the Toshiba with Linux and Windows partitions and put VirtualBox+Linux on the Windows partition. The touchpad behaved much better on the Windows+LinuxVM side (not perfect, but probably something I could learn to live with).
Since the Toshiba is slightly defective (bottom isn't completely level) and I'm annoyed with the touchpad, I'm going to return it today. This means I'm back to square one and need to find a new laptop. At this point, I will not be using Linux as main OS due to the touchpad issues. My options are thus:
- Windows with Linux VM(s)
- Mac with Linux VM(s)
Programs I'd like to run on the main OS are:
- MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
- Wireframing tool... open to Visio, Omnigraffle (Mac only), Balsamiq, etc.
- Photoshop and Illustrator
- Photo management tool for my large and ever-increasing collection of photos (open to suggestions)
- Linux VMs via VirtualBox, Parallels, or VMWare
I will do the Drupal development in the Linux VM(s) and/or on my Linode server.
So, all you Drupal developers out there!! What do you suggestion I use based on the software I'd like to run and that I do Drupal development on several projects at a time??? Please leave a comment and/or answer the poll.
Also, if you have a recommendation for a particular laptop, I'm open to suggestions on that too!