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Hi everyone! I've been thinking a lot for a few months and I think It's time to change my OS in my PC.

I love OS X 10.8.2, my MacBook Pro 13" late 2011 and my iMac 21,5" mid 2011 are my primary machines right now. But my Ivy Bridge build is a lot more powerful ("hardware" speaking...) than my Macs. I'm tired of Windows 7, and Windows 8 it's good but not made for me (sorry MS...).

I bought Mountain Lion and tried for almost three weeks to install OS X on my intel machine, but no success on that (my motherboard is the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WB). Since It's not a good thing back to old Vista SP2 or even older and clunky XP SP2 64bit (to support my 16GB of RAM) I started to think Linux will be a way to at least try. Ubuntu 12.04.3 is good and stable, 12.10 even better! 13.04 will bring a lot of new features to the table. Should I go with Ubuntu?

I use Ubuntu a lot dual booting on other machines. My Dell XPS 14 i7 ultrabook is running 12.10 already in the tiny 32GB m-sata SSD.

I've heard Fedora 18 is pretty nice, and there's Mint too... Any advices? BTW I'm sorry for grammar mistakes, I'm from Brazil. Thanks!

asked Jan 17 '13 at 16:30

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edited Jan 18 '13 at 11:20

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Linux is the way to go since you can't get OS X to work on your computer. My favorite Linux distro is Elementary OS, and they're pretty close to releasing their second beta for their latest operating system. eOS is based off of Ubuntu, so you can install just about every single app that you can run on Ubuntu. I am also finding it hard to like Ubuntu after they've been putting Amazon in every corner.

answered Jan 17 '13 at 21:28

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Wow, Elementary OS is gorgeous! I will try that on Virtual Box since it's still a beta... eOS project seems pretty nice too! Ubuntu is changing a lot, althought I think you can disable all the Amazon stuff.

(Jan 17 '13 at 22:04) gabriel_marcio gabriel_marcio's gravatar image

Use what ever OS does the job for you.

You can run the mac OS in a virtual machine or hckintosh but you will not get the same experience since many functions such as updating will not work properly. (and depending on your skill level and expectations, what would otherwise be a good experience will be turned into a bad one because what you expect from the OS was not fulfilled)

Remember, the OS is really just a tool to run the applications that you like to use (would you use windows or mac OS if you were not allowed to install any applications, and if they came with no stock applications (just the OS by it's self)?

Find an OS that is convenient for you that runs the applications you want. It is as simple as that.

Linux is another great choice but but from a basic user standpoint, you get much less functionality. Many applications that a user may want to run may not be available and the open source alternatives may not be very good.

Then there is driver support issues. if the drivers aren't preinstalled, then installing them is a pain. for example a good example of hell, there was one linux distro that would not support my USB wifi adapter, so I have to install the linux drivers manually http://www.rosewill.com/products/1829/ProductDetail_Download.htm

(in windows, it was about 3-4 clicks and it was ready to use, in linux, I entered in all of the required commands and it kept giving errors so I have to look up each error and when all things were done, about 10 commands in terminal turned into about 30 commands and it still didn't work right as I was unable to get as good performance as I had with windows (especially when it came to rate switching)

Many functions that are purely GUI based in windows and mac OS will require command line work in linux (which is one of the main reasons why so few people use it. It just feels like a lot of extra unnecessary work to accomplish the same task) (PS just because I can do something in command line does not mean I want to, especially if it is something standardized and thus is more efficient to have it as a GUI based button)

All OS have their positives and negatives and all you can really do is test them out and see if you work with the positives while dealing with the negatives.

answered Jan 18 '13 at 02:37

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edited Jan 18 '13 at 02:50

I am a Linux and BSD guy and try to show it to people whenever I can, but I couldn't have given a better answer. Love it.

(Jan 18 '13 at 11:30) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

Nice answer man! I don't like messing with "terminal" that much too, sadly when I'm on Ubuntu I have to search online for tutorials to get basic things done (things that like you said on OS X and Windows are just a few clicks away...). "Software Center" is nice, but almost everytime the apps are outdated...

(Jan 21 '13 at 18:21) gabriel_marcio gabriel_marcio's gravatar image

May I suggest you Try Linux Mint 13? You can get a Live CD/DVD release from www.linuxmint.com .

answered Jan 17 '13 at 22:51

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Mint is NICE! I downloaded Mint 14 MATE yesterday. I'll try later on vmware...

(Jan 21 '13 at 18:22) gabriel_marcio gabriel_marcio's gravatar image

Both Linux and BSD are awesome and in my opinion better than Windows. As for what distro to go with, it depends on your needs or desires. It sounds like you already use and appreciate Ubuntu. If that is the case, go for it. There are a few I recommend to people. If you want easy, the go to distro will always be Mint. Still want something easy, but are not afraid to dig under the hood and use the terminal? Your go-to distro is Sabayon. Want to construct your operating system from the ground up starting at the terminal and have extreme control over everything on your machine? (Me btw) Arch Linux is your distro of choice. Want to fully build your operating system from source from the ground up starting at the terminal and have extreme control over everything on your machine and be able to fine tune it? Gentoo is what will work for you. Personally, I think this graphic has a lot of truth to it. alt text

answered Jan 18 '13 at 00:28

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Nice pic but only one of them is actually true. ;)

(Jan 18 '13 at 16:16) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

lol Which one? Gentoo? GnewSense? Backtrack?

(Jan 18 '13 at 17:11) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

You have to admit there is at least a smidgen of truth to all of them.

(Jan 18 '13 at 17:13) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

That image looks like something you found off /g/.

(Jan 21 '13 at 13:34) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

Don't know where exactly it came from, but I found it on fetlife actually. lol

(Jan 21 '13 at 23:05) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

Richard Stallman actually does use GnewSence. And hey I use Debian. I don't look like that guy.... well maybe a little but I assure you that the resemblance is coincidental!

(Jan 22 '13 at 23:42) AlanStryder AlanStryder's gravatar image

Hahaha! Too funny.

(Jan 23 '13 at 00:29) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image
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I will leave the PC as intense gaming machine, and the macs as every day tasks PC's

answered Jan 21 '13 at 08:21

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I follow your advice. I'm messing up with some Linux distros under vmware first and on my Dell XPS14. I don't game that much at the moment... The only one I play is Skyrim, and I think is quite possible to run this game with "Play on Linux" (maybe FPS will drop... I'll test that later). Thanks to everyone that are posting very nice advices here! I read all of them.

(Jan 21 '13 at 18:11) gabriel_marcio gabriel_marcio's gravatar image

I think Ubuntu is the best operating system for you. It's free and runs great on anything. Please don't install Mac OS X on anything but a Mac computer. You lose so much experience when you are isolated from the Apple hardware.


answered Jan 21 '13 at 13:33

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First you shouldn't try installing OSX on anything other than a MAC, it's a breech of the license agreement.

It might be best to look at different Linux distros and find what you're most comfortable with. There are a lot of them with different types of desktops. Look around and have some fun with it. I like and use Ubuntu but it's mainly for compatibility reasons.

answered Jan 17 '13 at 20:15

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Thanks for your answer! I'm on Ubuntu 12.10 right now. I did a clean install and the new AMD drivers (Catalyst 13.1) are very good. I'm going to try Steam for Ubuntu this weekend to see how it feels with Crossfire enable.

(Jan 17 '13 at 21:58) gabriel_marcio gabriel_marcio's gravatar image

If I were you I'd leave the Ivy Bridge PC As a gaming intense PC, and use the Macs as everyday task machines

answered Jan 21 '13 at 08:20

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