Chairperson John Bridleman recruited Vice-Chair Bruce Smith to deliver the annual KLUG Apple Mac OS X Update. Bruce stepped up and reintroduced us to a platform where hardware and software compatibility is practically seamless. Everything just works on Bruce’s Apple Powerbook G4 laptop.
Bruce Smith took us on a live demonstration tour of how he navigates the Apple Mac OS X v10.4.x or Tiger GUI environment. The tour included the look and feel of the desktop, the file manager – Finder, application and system menus, system preferences, Dashboard, Spotlight, development tools, X11, OpenOffice.org v2.0, Camino, M$ Explorer – Mac, Firefox, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, File Vault drive encryption, and custom system configuration. Bruce answered specific questions frequently during his presentation and graciously demonstrated functions or features that people requested.
Bruce gave the Mac OS X v10.4.x the thumbs up! He said that he could easily make the Mac his primary workspace. He had his Powerbook G4 laptop dual booting Mac OS X 10.4.x and Ubuntu Linux for the Power PC. He reported no problems with the install of Ubuntu. You could see by his big smile that he is very happy about all this. Many powerful tools in his hands, and he knows what to do with them. Steve Jobs has delivered on his promise!
The Fink project wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. They modify Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X. http://fink.sourceforge.net/ When Bob asked this question 6 years ago on the KLUG mailing list… he may have had a few replies. Today? Apple Mac users enjoy a BSD based OS that is really functional. The Darwin kernel is Open Source but much of Mac OS X is proprietary.
>To: klug@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [special moments in KLUG history] >Subject: Linux on the Mac >From: "Robert G. Brown" >Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 10:33:07 -0400 (EDT) >If you are running Linux (any flavor) on a Macintosh >(any flavor), please send me direct (not a GROUP) reply. > Regards, > ---> RGB <---