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Running Ubuntu as a Virtual OS in Mac OS X

Dec 17, 2008, 06:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Taylor)

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"Let's start right off by tackling the most pertinent question for this article: why the heck would someone want to run Linux on a Mac system that already has a very nice Linux distro hidden beneath Mac OS X? Built atop NetBSD, there's quite a bit of Linux sitting there waiting to be utilized in the system, including niceties like crontab, robust account management and much more.

"Go to Applications→Utilities, and you'll even find X11, a tightly integrated version of the popular Linux windowing system that plays nicely with the graphical interface that defines the so-called Mac experience. What more could a geek want?

"The best answer is simply to quote Sir Edmund Hillary, or perhaps misquote him slightly. Why run Linux on a Mac? "Because you can." If it just feels too wacked to you, take a deep breath and proceed to the next article in the magazine—no harm done."

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