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I’m seeing one HUGE problem here: You are afraid to stray from GUI clients. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are some apps that will ALWAYS require a GUI… like photo manipulation. However…

CodeKit, Sequel Pro, Transmit and Tower are ALL applications designed to create a layer of abstraction on top of the Terminal/Bash/Shell. More abstraction usually means two things:

  1. Actually more complex even though it seems simpler. KISS.
  2. Slower. By virtue of the CPU performing more processes, it’s always slower.

None… and I repeat none of the four programs I mentioned are necessary. ALL of these can be replaced by one application: Your terminal.

As far as Parallels goes, I have no idea why you’d want to run Windows on a Mac. Be that as it may, there has got to be a more lightweight VM client. VirtualBox maybe? If not, you could always use a hypervisor.

OSX is a loose derivative of Unix. Follow in that proud tradition and ditch all that bloatware. You can do it. I know you can.