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Migrating from Mac to Ubuntu, What will I miss? [closed]

this is my first question (in askubuntu). I'm about to try Ubuntu for the first time (First time to take it seriously actually). I love my Mac but don't want to be closed minded, nor closed source ...
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What filesystem for an external Harddrive (Linux/Mac/Windows) [closed]

What Filesystem should I use for an external USB harddrive (500GB), with possibility to share with a Mac and Windows systems, for example at the office. Now it is NTFS but back in the day the NTFS ...
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Is there a Mac OSX version of UbuntuOne planned for the near future?

Since there is no UbuntuOne client for Mac OSX to download, will there be one in the near future?
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Macbook Pro 5.5 brightness settings work, are remembered, but are not used on startup

This question's similar to various others in the forum where users' brightness settings either don't work or are not remembered: Brightness controls doesn't work on a MacBook Pro 5.5 (ubuntu ...
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Error: partition table requires a separate partition for boot loader code (EFI issue)

The Issue I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit, Mac alternate) on my 13" MacBook Pro (model 7,1. Mid-2010). The MacBook Pro is running OSX 10.8.3 and I'm trying to make it dual-bootable (i.e., ...
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How do I access my remote Ubuntu server via X-windows from my Mac?

I have an Ubuntu server (12.04 LTS) running remotely on a cloud hosting service. I have installed ubuntu-desktop via apt-get: $ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop It appears to have installed no ...
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Why can't I mount the Ubuntu 12.04 installer ISOs in Mac OS X?

Over the past few days, I have downloaded both the 32 and 64 bit version of server and desktop to install on an Intel based PC. It is normal from within OS X to double click on an ISO and it will ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu on a Mac using Bootcamp?

I want a native Ubuntu installation, not an VM. Do I have options on my Mac (that don't involve destroying the 'Mac' portion of it) or should I just switch to a standard PC? If I do have options, it ...
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Why isn't it possible to run Mac software?

I wonder why there isn't any equivalent of Wine for running Mac software on Ubuntu. Thoughts?
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How can I try Ubuntu without changing anything on my computer?

I've never used Linux before and I'm a little unsure.
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Wubi Install for Mac OS X

I just installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my Windows 7 box using Wubi and I'm loving it so far. One feature that I love is the fact that because I used Wubi it doesn't seem to create a separate partition. ...
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I ran 11.04 on a Mac and I loved it. Why does it look different on a PC?

I booted a Ubuntu 11.04 live CD on a Mac and I fell in love with the interface. So I decided to install it on my PC. Imagine my dismay when the interface was just the blah standard Windows style ...
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What is the correct way to share directories in Mac and Ubuntu with correct permissions?

In VirtualBox, what is the best way to share a directory between an OS X host and Ubuntu guest? Host: Mac OS X 10.7.3 Guest: Ubuntu 12.04 Guest has a shared directory mounted via VirtualBox settings ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a Mac and keep OSX?

Could anyone provide a concise step by step instruction on how to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Mac OS X Lion? I have read that Ubuntu corrupts the EFI file so I would like to hear from those who have ...
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Which iso image do I need to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Macbook Pro so that it boots using (U)EFI?

Unlike with earlier releases, the website is unclear on giving a straight recommendation for installing ubuntu on a mac: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/12.04/release/ I've read several times, ...
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Looking for a linux equivalent to Trans Lucy

Trans Lucy for the Mac, allows you to watch video in a semi transparent window, superimposed on top of your other windows. You can continue to work, as all clicks on the area covered by Trans Lucy ...
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X does not want to start. At all. “No screens have a usable configuration”

I recently installed a fresh copy of lubuntu 11.04 powerpc on my computer. I was following the instructions from this fourm post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1798792 All I get is the ...
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How well is the HFS+ filesystem supported?

How well does Ubuntu support HFS+ (i.e. Mac formatted) filesystems? Can it read and write to them, and are there any potential problems to watch out for?
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can't make bootable usb on mac

I've been trying to do this since yesterday, following the instructions given on ubuntu.com's official page here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx I can complete ...
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How to access an OS X keychain via Ubuntu

I need to access some of the content of an old OS X keychain. I know the password - this isn't about cracking ;-) What I don't have is a Mac. I do have the keychain files on a backup drive. Is ...
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How do I remap command key to be the control key on a Macbook 4,1?

How I can switch the left command key on the keyboard of my macbook, with the left ctrl key? and if it is possible that the command right, continue acting like the super key / windows
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How to create a OS X Mountain Lion Bootable USB drive on Ubuntu?

I already know how to do it on Mac OS X (plenty of instructions online). But is it possible to do it on Ubuntu? If yes, how?
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Is there an equivalent to the Mac OS X software Hazel?

Is there an equivalent to the Mac OS X software Hazel that runs on Ubuntu? "Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. ...
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Personal file sharing error, can't find webdav package

I want to share files from my ubuntu laptop to my mac pro (mac os x), my question is, what do I have to install to be able to use this program? I tried to install "WebDAV" but I couldn't find it. ...
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Mac OSX update broke booting Ubuntu

I have a mac that is running a dual boot with OSX and Ubuntu. I am using rEFIT. I just updated my OSX to the new OSX Mavericks, but when i restarted my computer and tried to enter Ubuntu from rEFIT I ...
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Boot from USB on a Macbook

How do I boot from USB on a Mac? Mac OS X crashed on that PC and I want to make the owner switch to Ubuntu.
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How do I install Ubuntu on an iMac 27"?

I have a beautiful 27" iMac. I would like to run Ubuntu on it natively, dual-booting with OS X. I have rEFIt installed, and I can boot into the Ubuntu 10.10 CD, kind of. Here's what happens: I ...
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How can I prevent my cursor from moving when I am clicking the trackpad?

I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my Macbook Pro. When I click the trackpad, it is always registered as a small mouse movement as well as a click, so it drags whatever I click on. has anybody else ...
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Danish Mac keyboard layout isn't correct

No matter which one of the 5 available Danish keyboard layouts I choose from, the @ symbol (at) is always alt2 instead of the alt', which is normal on Danish Mac keyboards. The answer to No keyboard ...
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How do I get a larger screen resolution in VirtualBox on Mac OS X?

I am running the new Mac Air 13" with OS X 10.8.2. I then downloaded the latest VirtualBox 4.2.6. Then, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 into the VM. First off, after I installed the VirtualBox Guest ...
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Is there a FileVault alternative for Ubuntu

Is there a FileVault alternative for Ubuntu that I can download from the software centre?
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What is the best way to make my desktop look like a mac?

I heard something about Macubuntu and want to try. Is there anyone using macubuntu and what do you think about it? :)
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How do I get my right- and middle-click back?

I just upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04.1 on my Macbook 7,1 and the first thing I noticed was that I couldn't right-click by clicking on the clickpad with two fingers, or middle-click by clicking with ...
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Ignore finger resting at the bottom of trackpad [unibody macbook pro]

I have 2 finger scrolling working, and the three finger window movement works great, but something thats really bothering me is that I can't rest my thumb on the bottom of the trackpad like I can in ...
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How do I do right clicks on iBook G4?

I can't figure out how I allow my iBook to right click in Ubuntu. It's one big button; so, I used to hold Option and click. I'm willing to do that, but I can't figure out how. Unless, of course, I've ...
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Install Ubuntu on Intel Mac

I've recently taken up a position in an all Mac workshop - We have Intel based Apple machines. Can I dual boot Ubuntu on my machine, if so how?
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Is it possible to write programs for other OSs in Ubuntu?

Is there an Integrated Developemnt Environment (IDE) that enables us to write programs for Windows and Mac in Ubuntu?
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Mac OS X Terminal clone for Ubuntu

I would like to set the Max OS X Terminal theme for Ubuntu Terminal. I really like the fonts and the colors. This is how the Mac Terminal does look: Image source There are few things that I ...
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MacBook Pro: should I virtualize Ubuntu or use Boot Camp?

I'm looking to run Ubuntu on a 2008 MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz C2D, 2GB GDDR3. Will it be okay performance wise through virtualization such as VMWARE or should I use BootCamp? Thanks.
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Mounted mac drive file error

I accidentally killed my MacBook by water damage, and now I'm to primarly extract my images. I mounted the drive (HFS+ formated) on my stationary PC using the Storage Device Manager. I'm able to ...
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Add dead region touchpad

Is there a way to set a region of my touch pad as "dead" ignoring touch input? The reason for this is that I have a MacBook pro late 2011 and there the "button" is on the touch page itself. Anyone ...
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How do I burn the Ubuntu ISO on Mac OS X Lion?

I downloaded the Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop iso and I'm trying to burn it to a disc to install onto a Windows Vista Laptop but it keeps giving me an error saying that It couldn't be burned properly because ...
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Is there any invariable hardware system identifier in Ubuntu/Linux

At the current I am using ethernet mac address to generate license for my program, but sometimes there is more than one ethernet card (wireless, modem, etc.). So I would like to use something else: ...
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Install a “base system” only and add only wanted packages after

I used to have Ubuntu, but I stopped using since in each release almost everything changes, default applications are changed and such. I'm with a mac I'm planning to install along with Mac OS X. I ...
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Share folder with mac guest on a linux ubuntu host

I am trying to share a folder on virtualbox with a guest mac, I tried to share the folder through virtualbox but it doesn't show up in mac, Also I tried sharing a folder on mac and access it from ...
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Can I install Ubuntu on a MacMIni G4?

Can I install Ubuntu on a MacMini machine? It has a G4 Processor, not intel, it's a great machine and unfortunately it is being outdated, is there any hope?
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Ubuntu 12.10 wireless trouble macbook pro

I recently installed ubuntu 12.10 on my Macbook Pro mid 2012 alongside Mountain Lion using rEFIt boot. I am having trouble connecting to wireless network. When I click the internet icon at the top of ...
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How to completely uninstall U1 client from OS X

I recently installed the U1 client for Mac (OS X 10.8.2). It's definitely got some rough edges, like occasionally taking forever to sync and the menubar helper doesn't quit when I select Quit. So I ...
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Installing Ubuntu on Mac using Bootcamp

Am currently running Ubuntu 11.10 on Mac using Parallels. Its only 2 days that am using Ubuntu, am quite impresses with the OS features. Am now planning to install the OS using bootcamp in Mac. I ...
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How do I change the backlight brightness on an iMac 12,2? [closed]

Problem: I can't adjust the brightness of my iMac and it's killing me. (My eyes! The goggles do nothing!). Has anyone gotten this to work? -Booting with rEFIt 0.14 -Product Name: iMac12,2 ...