I debated this for a long time and even though I would consider myself to be a pro linux user - I still bought a mac - and here is my reasoning:
-I need the machine to do more than just flame, yes I can run resolve and nuke on centOS as well, but then flame xxx needs a certain driver ir even firmware version and resolve another and and and… let me just open this clients photoshop file… ehh…
Networkconfig SUCKS on snowflake adsk centOS and while I modded my centos very heavily to get a useable networkmanager … upgrading to a new flame version is scary , annoying and a big timewaster, I usually just reinstall, as I sometimes need to carry my machine on set and just need to connect to wifi really quick or whatever…
Z8 with their old xeons is so last century to me… sorry i dont want dual cpus, only option would be the lenovo with the threadripper pro or DIY .
-I have mac only software I need to run anyhow (pomform silverstack).
-have fun with connecting client provided drives to your linux machine “really quick” I currently use a trashcan mac with 10gbit card just for ingesting to my nas, its about 200 steps more than necessary.
-"the files I sent you are tagged red and green and purple " … (my clients are 100% mac).
-dualbooting sucks , You cant use the same fast cache drive for linux and windows… meh.
-Quicktime player… just to see how things look in the client side (metadata etc). and then I like to scrubb back and forth stuff a lot and tbh vlc and mpv suck compelte a** djv is clunky and slow and RV consts money and takes 1hour to launch. there is nothing that beats quicktime/quicklook there just is not.
-I tried to buy parts for a diy linux flame and it was more expensive than the mac … due to shortages
regarding the M1 comming - i know weird time to buy but then: my get out of jail free card is the fact that the mac pro really is just a pc, I can always use linux and/or windows on it as well .
I went with the 16c , 256G ram (nuke likes ram) and the vega2Duo (long debate but I want the Vram for redshift and resolve)
This is for a 1-man-band sort of setup so thats why I went mac wven though I dont like apple. I bought from a reseller they are providing me with cheap ram and a 8x nvme raid card will be fast I hope. (my home rig is a 6core i7 with a 1080ti so… it can only be better ) .
Having 2 workstations wirth a KVM is another option but that would have gotten 2 xpensive but if I ever need to render a big job at home and if GPUs become affordable again I might just build a quad GPU redshift pc and put it next to the mac…
There isnt a perfect thing…