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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Discussion in 'Mac - General discussion' started by ireland, Jan 18, 2015.

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    Why Run Linux On Macs?
    Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific lineup of computers might have less rough edges than a free open source one. Actually there's plenty of motivations to choose otherwise. A redditor asked about this trend and got some very interesting answers. What are your reasons?


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    Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but now it seems that some users are opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macbooks. A redditor asked about this trend and got some very interesting answers.

    Tomtomgps asked why some people are putting Linux on their Macbooks:

    More and more people at my UNI are running linux on Mac books. (Most of them have a single boot linux). Am I the only one seeing this trend ?

    I also have switched from OSX to archlinux on my Air.

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    Fellow redditors chimed in with their thoughts about this surprising trend:

    Traxislyte: "1. Apple hardware is arguably good and shows thoughtful design.

    2. It's a challenge to hack an Apple and put Linux on it, especially for the novice. People love challenges.

    3. Lastly, these days, a lot of the challenges getting Linux running have been removed by installers, but, with an Apple, there's no safety net. So, running Linux on an Apple shows a bit of expertise."

    Orschiro: "This is surprising to me given that Mac OS X is designed to fit perfectly with the sold hardware. What are the overall experiences of particularly battery life when running a Mac book with Linux?"

    LDL2: "Why would you waste money in this manner?"

    Bamcomics: "On my way out of college I was starting to see a few computers running Linux (almost entirely Ubuntu/Mint and one guy used Fedora). A few of these were in fact on Mac products. I think we're doing it guys, keep spreading the good word of Linux!"

    Chisleu: "If there was a version of a distro for mac hardware, that worked like mac for mac-like keyboards, I would run it. Even though I would have to figure out how to do things like incremental backups to S3, my Time Capsule, and upgrade the kernel to support hot plugging of my thunderbolt."

    Martin8412: "The development branch of Chrome for OS X is actually 64-bit now. Even though it is the development branch, it isn't actually unstable. There are a few issues here and there, but for normal use the issues are minimal."

    More at Reddit

    Linux.com has instructions on how to run Fedora on a Macbook Air:



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