[olug] advice picking distro for Mac users

Sam Tetherow tetherow at shwisp.net
Wed Nov 13 18:33:26 UTC 2013

12.04 does have unity.

On 11/13/2013 12:30 PM, Tony Gies wrote:
> Debian or Ubuntu would probably be a good fit, with the caveat that the
> Unity window manager in the newer releases is kind of annoying as Ben
> suggested above. I don't know whether someone habituated to OS X might like
> it better. I believe Ubuntu 12.04 didn't have the Unity stuff at all and
> it's LTS so it will be getting updates for a few years yet.
> There are lots of little fringe distros that claim to provide an experience
> more similar to OS X but personally I find that having a few customizations
> pre-configured for you is not worth the hassle of dealing with a
> non-mainstream distro.
> On Nov 13, 2013 11:37 AM, "Tim Larson" <larson at towncommons.com> 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Tim
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