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Old 10-02-2005, 07:03 PM   #1
drewflanery
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Linux Most Like Mac


I am looking to try another distro, and I was just wondering which one is most like the OS X operating system? I am wondering for both looks and operating. Is there one that is almost identical? I really love the looks of my OS X system and would love to have that on my laptop in a linux environment.

I have heard that there is a distro that looks and acts a lot like it. I just dont know which one it is.

Thanks for the help!

Have a nice night!
 
Old 10-02-2005, 07:09 PM   #2
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I have heard that there is a distro that looks and acts a lot like it. I just dont know which one it is.
I haven't found a single distro that, out of the box, is a lot like OS X, but you can always theme your KDE or Gnome to look like OS X.

For Gnome, I'd look into tAqua and exquisite
For KDE, try Baghira
 
Old 10-03-2005, 04:53 AM   #3
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I thought that Mepis seemed a bit like Mac in the fact that it uses single clicking to do most jobs instead of double clicking like in Windows and most Linux distros. You can always change that, but Mepis defaults to it. I thought that Mac was actually based off of BSD though, not Linux... in that case a BSD might be the way to go.

gDesklets is an application that is supposed to be a little similar to the Mac dock as well.
 
Old 10-03-2005, 05:05 AM   #4
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I thought that Mepis seemed a bit like Mac in the fact that it uses single clicking to do most jobs instead of double clicking like in Windows and most Linux distros. You can always change that, but Mepis defaults to it.
That's a KDE thing, not a Mepis thing, and it's actually quite different from Mac OS X. My wife has a Mac Powerbook, and the only thing that responds to single-clicking is the Dock. To open files, you still have to double-click them in OS X.

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gDesklets is an application that is supposed to be a little similar to the Mac dock as well.
There is a GDesklet that is similar to the Mac dock, as there is a Superkaramba theme that is also similar.

Bottom line: it doesn't matter what distro you use--it won't be like Mac out-of-the-box, but you can easily modify it to be Mac-like.
 
Old 10-03-2005, 07:51 AM   #5
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That's a KDE thing, not a Mepis thing, and it's actually quite different from Mac OS X. My wife has a Mac Powerbook, and the only thing that responds to single-clicking is the Dock. To open files, you still have to double-click them in OS X.
That's interesting. I actually didn't know that at all. I've tried about a dozen distros that use KDE and Mepis is the first and only that I've tried that does the single click thing. NONE of the other ones did that. Probably just how they decided to set things up. I associate that with Mac OS in general because every time I've used a Mac I always seemed to click more than I have to. This isn't just OS X though. Apples were "the thing" in school when I was going through, so I got to use all sorts of different incarnations of it. Always remember there being a lot of single clicking... hehe... maybe I'm the only one that had that impression.


Only reason why I didn't bring up superkaramba is that it's supposed to be pretty annoying to configure from what I've read... which seems very un-Mac-like in general. I've personally never chosen to use a docking program because whenever I use a Mac it always seems so much slower to navigate through the dock. I think it's just because it's a new thing to me... I've been used to menus for so long.

Now if only they made a dock that functioned like the ring system in the old SNES game Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana in the US)... THAT was a cool system. A set of rings that you could flip through using buttons that were categorized into major groups... and some of the icons in the rings led you to other rings. Once you got used to it, it was an EXTREMELY fast system for navigating menus.
 
Old 10-03-2005, 10:27 AM   #6
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The only thing I can think of is editing the theme to have Mac-like Windows borders and getting a Mac-esque icon theme. A friend of mine did a pretty good job of that on Gentoo (Gnome btw, not KDE)

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