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!
Answer by catchatyou · Jan 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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.
Answer by Razor512 · Jan 18, 2013 at 04:37 AM
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.
Answer by Drmgiver · Jan 18, 2013 at 02:28 AM
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.
Answer by Cameron · Jan 21, 2013 at 03:33 PM
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.
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Jan 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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.