Package dependency hell is *primarily* a function of unfamiliarity, and it’s not like it doesn’t exist on other platforms. Getting a functional development environment up and running on a Mac is just as hard as getting one up on Linux, so long as you’re OK with typing — the difficulties with homebrew are almost exactly the same because homebrew is basically just a unix-style package system! If you’re trying to get XCode to work properly and you’re used to vim, you’re going to have a lot more trouble with that than you would with installing a full development toolchain (minus IDE, because an IDE isn’t useful or necessary) on another unix.

Maybe you have a fat wallet and your idea of marginal value is different from mine, but I’d rather pay a few hundred dollars less and install my own unix on a machine that will continue to work if I drop it.

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