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Discussion in 'Linux / BSD / Mac OS X' started by Delta6326, May 20, 2009.

  1. DirectorC

    DirectorC New Member

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    Arise ancient threads, arise! So this is the rapture eh? Seems to me like baby Jesus has arrived, and he's taking all the good threads with him!
     
  2. Killer_Rubber_Ducky

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    You could say that. I'm just pissed that these guys say they use it but are so wrong about so many things
     
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    I believe *nix refers to "Unix-like" systems to circumvent trademark issues and
    the list of *nix systems goes on and on to include Unix, BSD, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, etc....

    Gnome requires an Xserver to run which can be installed on a Mac,
    in fact, I believe the Apple X11 server (based on XFree86) runs on OSX,
    so it is possible to run gnome on OSX, but I'm not sure why anyone would.
    Gnome is the most bloated desktop environment to run and there are
    so many alternatives out there.

    I know there are quite a few Linux distros for Mac hardware which
    offer more GUI flexibility, and even a few distros which mimic OSX
    for generic hardware, to each his own I guess.
     
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    Yes it's good to see a normal Linux thread.

    Some of the threads posted on here ask the strangest
    questions about live CDs or wine so I stay away from them.
     
  5. Killer_Rubber_Ducky

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    Thank you for clearing that up, i was wrong about the gnome thing but I got it from my OSX running friend. So I took it at face value. I try to sort out the strange questions.
     
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    As regexorsist said, OS X is, in fact, a *nix OS. OS X is capable of running anything linux or unix is, you just have to install the proper libs first. Doing it this way maintains compatibility with OS X apps, while adding the ability to run most nix apps.

    It's a little complicated to get going, and requires the use of the console a lot, but it's worth it in the end. Note: I haven't done it since early 10.4, so I no longer know how to do it for the newer versions (or even remember how to do it for 10.4, actually. lol).
     
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    Just started trying out Linux myself. The way i have been able to try different distros is to create a live usb. The universal USB installer from pen drive linux was the program that made it so easy to try different stuff.
    This will not format any drives beyond your USB unless you specify to do so.
    This is how it worked-
    1. Download UniversalUSBinstaller
    2. Download desired version of Linux
    3. Insert USB Drive (2GB or larger)
    4. Copy-Paste USBinstaller onto drive then copy-paste linux onto same drive
    5. Install USBinstaller and it will have a few drop down menus, follow directions.

    Set USB to boot as first disk in bios. Restart required. If everything is successful there will be a few choices on what you can do. The top is to try the version you chose from the USB drive.


    A few distros have been tried on an Asus eeepc 1000HA.
    Ubuntu 9.10 - fairly easy to grasp from being used to windows. have a few compatability issues at start. Solved with a few updates and codecs.
    Ubuntu Netbook Edition - Similar Style to regular Ubuntu. No real "desktop" Menus are similar to a cell phone layout.
    Easy Peasy - Similar to Ubuntu Netbook Edition
    Linux Mint - Similar to Ubuntu and felt a little more refined "out of box" Easy to navigate if used to windows.
     
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    UnetBootin is a much more supported program. It even includes a distro selector which will download the selected OS and install it.
     

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