[olug] advice picking distro for Mac users

Chad Homan choman at gmail.com
Wed Nov 13 18:15:34 UTC 2013

I like the ubuntu references.  Although I've been play with some "lighter"
distros a bit lately.  Nothin to report unfortunately.
I did hear of a distro call pearOS.  It's suppose to be a MAC close.  Might
be a good place to start, or at least an honourable
mention.  BTW, for what it's worth, it's out of france: http://pearlinux.fr/

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On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:

> On 11/13/2013 11:37 AM, Tim Larson wrote:
>> I'm setting up a 2nd computer in the house now that the kids are getting
>> old enough to be using a computer more. I've been out of the desktop scene
>> for awhile, but I still want to go Linux to save myself the admin headache
>> of dealing with Windows. There's only one Win-specific app they'd need, and
>> I've already confirmed that will run fine in an XP VM. (BTW, if you've got
>> an old copy to sell, contact me off-list.)
>> Seems *buntu is still the pick for the casual Linux desktop user to get
>> up and going easily, and fairly hassle-free to keep updated. Everyone is
>> familiar with Mac OS to some extent, so a version that feels somewhat
>> similar to that would be great. Some reviews say Unity is a good fit for
>> Mac users. Some reviews say the Xfce desktop is Mac-like. Maybe there are
>> others. I'm soliciting more opinions and comments to help me make my
>> decision. Apart from an annual upgrade I won't be using the computer at all
>> unless there are problems, so a major goal is to set it up such that the
>> non-tech-savvy will not create nor encounter many problems.
> I think Unity is probably a fairly intuitive interface as long as the user
> doesn't have lots of muscle memory for older gnome versions (like I have).
>  I despise Unity, personally, because it's too different.  For a newbie,
> it's probably a good fit.  I run Xfce on my Fedora laptop, and while it's
> definitely more similar to old gnome, it's very simplistic and perhaps not
> as intuitive to a newcomer.
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