Running MacBuntu – A Poor Mans OSX

It’s been a good many years since I was last on Linux – back then using it for web-servers, MySql and, believe it or not, homegrown Token-Ring to Ethernet bridging (saving the company a lot of money).

However, the last couple of days I’ve been playing around with a fun thing: A Mac OSX lookalike skin for Ubuntu! I like the Apple stuff, but it really pains me to have to fork out the price of a Mac. I like “free” much better 🙂

To start out I used the Ubuntu installation with Wubi, however this installs Ubuntu 11.04 – and not Ubuntu 10.04 for which the Mac skins are designed. Luckily LangIT has a recipe for making this work. Otherwise you can turn to LiberianGeek for a Wubi that supports 10.04.

The Wubi install plays along very nicely with your Windows, and isolates Ubuntu in a separate directory on the PC, default booting Windows and not touching any Windows vitals. You can access the PC disk from the Ubuntu /host directory.

After Ubuntu is up and running, it’s time to look for MacBuntu. Follow the instructions for downloading, unpacking and installing it.

All looked very nice, but – what – no wobbly windows… Who can live without that? Turned out that my NVidia graphics card wasn’t supported natively, but needed closed source drivers – the instructions for that are here.

Voila, a jolly nice OSX UI experience right on my trusty old Windows 7 laptop!

Oh, and one final thing: I found out that getting video from DVD’s works really well with Handbrake in Ubuntu, but it was kind of hard to find the whole install story in one place, so here is my version for the enjoyment of your Terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

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