Dealing with Macs

Steve Alligood steve at
Mon May 21 10:24:25 MDT 2012

I used linux for years when my office got me a mac laptop.  It was tempting to dual boot, but there were several issues for what i needed it for, so I ran a VM with linux in it and only used the mac environment for mac stuff.

After two years of VM ware issues (use something different if you use a VM for linux, their system integration kernel modules are always way behind the current kernel), I finally broke down and just installed iTerm2 (not iTerm, different product) and got reasonable terminal behavior and a very short learning curve and I now rarely ever start that VM.

Your mileage may vary, but the tools for the Mac have come a long way over the last few years, and VMs are often a pain in the rear.  A little digging on the Internet and your Mac may actually do what you need.


On May 21, 2012, at 10:16 AM, Jeff Jibson wrote:

> On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM, Eric Jacobs <eric at> wrote:
>> You can dual boot macs without violating license. Interestingly enough, this is what Linus Torvalds has done for the last few years because he likes Apple hardware.
> The problem with dual booting, is when dealing with Mac issues, I
> can't work on other things.  Which is why I was hoping for a vm
> solution.
>> Last time I did this, I used rEFIt. You have to change some EFI settings, and rEFIt helps you do that. You can find it here: The process was dead simple. I was up and running in Linux on a 15" macbook pro in about an hour. That hour included the whole Fedora install. I would just skip the VM and run Linux natively.
>> Here is my $0.02 on OS X:
>> I really love the window manager. The feature formerly called Expose, >
> My biggest objection to the UI is it heavily uses the mouse.  The
> second biggest objection to it is that is takes up so much real
> estate.
>> --
>> Eric Jacobs
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