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Poll: What should be done with the MacBook?
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Run KDE on top of OS X
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:16 AM   #1
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Linux on MacBook vs. KDE on OS X

Hi there.

I recently purchased a MacBook. I loved the idea of a decent development platform without much administration work. I also loved the idea of a hardware optimized kernel and a nice secure, fast BSD kernel. Plus, Macs are known for reliable hardware. I figured that I would get used to the Mac OS X interface, but after using for a couple of months, it still feels like I'm poking needles in my eyes every time I use that piece of garbage.

Needless to say, I feel like a tool since I spent $1100 on a laptop that I hate, so I would like to do something about that. I have an Ubuntu Server Desktop running KDE (apt-get kicks ass). So my fist thought was to just run KDE on top of Mac OS X. That way, I could still keep the advantage of having a kernel specifically compiled for my hardware (No, I refuse to use Gentoo), but get an interface that I liked. Does anyone know if I will still be able to run iTunes, Time Machine, etc under KDE?

My next thought was to dual boot my machine, probably with Ubuntu since I am so familiar with it, but if another distro works better with the Mac hardware, I would be happy to try it out (always heard nice things about OpenSUSE...).

Anyway, if anyone has any thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear. Specifically, about driver support, software/OS compatibility, etc.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. Steve Jobs is an asshole who loves making money off little old ladies.
Old 07-15-2008, 11:08 PM   #2
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I'm running Slackware 12.0 and PC-BSD 1.5.1, both of which I like considerably. I would suggest you dual boot OS X with PC BSD, as BSD is what Mac OS is based on, and PC-BSD has very simple installation of quite a few common programs.

As far as iTunes, (I recently asked about this as well), I have been using Amarok for my iPod. I'm going to have to completely figure it out, but it seems to be doing the job.


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