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A Mac OS-like distro that is NOT horse stable

I have a friend that is ready to move to Linux but he has a problem: He wants it to feel like Mac OS X. Now you could say that I should just do this and that but having a distro that does it by default would perform a lot better than configuring a distro in my opinion. :)

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  • macpup?

    also elementary OS kinda has a OSX feel to it, especially the file managers and music player.

    the latest bodhi?

    there used to be one called "pear os" that was explicitly trying to mimic apple.
  • nakanutnakanut Registered
    There was one called Macbuntu aswell
  • I would personally recommend that he not worry so much about having his computer look like a Mac. He will end up choosing a distribution that is probably not supported very well and it may hamper his Linux learning. I woudl suggest that he find a Linux distribution that has a Desktop Environment that he finds suitable and that he takes it from there.
  • I'd have to agree totally with rypervenche.
  • binbin Registered
    Pear is worth a look if out of the box Mac like behaviour is desirable.

    However - many years ago I took KDE it was around 2.x - and made it look like Windows 2000.

    I had to do that because I needed to make sure no-one in my then "WINDOWS ONLY" company realised what I was using.

    Problem was that it was so lifelike I found myself expecting it to *be* Windows 2000. In other words If I wanted to alter the desktop I'd right click and look for Properties (just for a moment).

    Later on I also used to amuse myself confusing the MAC users in the art studio by running MacBuntu on a Dell Laptop - I used to call it a Dapple

    What he really means is that is his visual comfort zone. It has been done, there are various Mac like themes, but why restrict yourself. Try stock Gnome rather than Ubuntu's ad-fest and see how he gets on. I'd suggest Parsix as a good starting point or any other Debian/Gnome3 combo.
  • TNTSTNTS Registered
    there used to be one called "pear os" that was explicitly trying to mimic apple.
    Pear OS is still around but I find it to be "horse stable" since the Launchpad is eternally glitchy.I'm currently trying to show him around different DEs through Arch but so far he really isn't that big of a fan of any of the DEs that I showed.
  • Give a look at the latest elementary os. Its got its own thing sorta going on, and looks osx'y, but its not osx.

    youtube is your friend in this case.
    
    
  • ringoringo Registered
    a new user would more fit in ubuntu envirenment to start Elementary is good i gues :D


    if i look to Spatry´s video of pear os i would say dont give a unfinish distro to an friend :)
  • Linux Lite is a really good distro which can be made to look like OS X pretty easy just move the panel to the top and add a dock at the bottom I prefer Cairo Dock for it's themes and animations once you have done these two things you can add an OS X wallpaper I added kwin for desktop effects on mine that's the great thing about Linux you can make it anything you want!
  • Yes, Elementary, PearOS, and possibly also the ZorinOS (Which I think has a Mac theme) can be set to resemble the Mac.
    You may find that those OS'es using Cinnamon will have also a Mac look and feel.

    Personally, the less my Linux desktop looks like a mac, the better.. lol!
  • Try,
    Elementary OS Luna(Looks Mac Like out of the box)

    or

    Ubuntu Studio 12.04(If you want open source multimedia production software)
    Theme this one yourself using Cairo dock,Docky,or AWN moving panel to the top, & changing window & wallpaper color

    or

    Debian 7 Wheezy Stable Xfce or GNOME(For stability)
    Theme this one yourself using Cairo dock,Docky, or AWN moving panel to the top, & changing window & wallpaper color
  • I'd go with Elementary OS: it has a 'Macish' look, it's very easy to use and it's stable. It's also based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which will be supported till 2017.
  • Red Star Linux 3.0-looks like OSX, but is in korian and reports trafic to the DPRK NO usa download, how ever third patry miror download.http://www.cultofmac.com/265019/north-koreas-official-operating-system-rips-os-x/
    jolios-http://jolios.org/
    pear os-discuntinued and unstable, but works
    Elementery-not as good and pear os in looks, but more stablehttp://elementaryos.org/
    bondi-is uses e17 and looks mac ishshttp://www.bodhilinux.com/
    SparkyLinux-http://sparkylinux.org/
    Elive-http://www.elivecd.org/
    macpup-http://macpup.org/
    Dreamlinux-http://www.dreamlinuxblog.blogspot.com/
    ChameleonOS-http://chameleonos.wordpress.com/
    gos-http://linuxfreedom.com/gos/download.html
    pinguy-http://pinguyos.com/
    midnightbsd-http://www.midnightbsd.org/
    Macbuntuhttp://www.oslike.se/
    OSX-Like-http://www.oslike.se/osx-like
    Pure Darwin-http://www.puredarwin.org/
    colorwheel-os-colorwhell's home page
    gnu-darwin-http://gnu-darwin.sourceforge.net/
    opendarwin-http://web.archive.org/web/20071220151029/http://www.opendarwin.org/en/news/shutdown.html
    darwinbsd-http://sourceforge.net/projects/darwinbsd/?source=directory
    I hope there is at least one disro in there that can do what you need to.
  • CoastieCoastie Registered
    Linux Lite is a really good distro which can be made to look like OS X pretty easy just move the panel to the top and add a dock at the bottom I prefer Cairo Dock for it's themes and animations once you have done these two things you can add an OS X wallpaper I added kwin for desktop effects on mine that's the great thing about Linux you can make it anything you want!


    I have a iMac PPC and a Linux Lite PC.

    I never cared much about the top panel on my Mac so I don't have one on the Linux Lite PC. I have set the panel on the bottom of my Linux Lite PC to look like a Mac OS dock just using the panel settings and tweaks with no software needed other than what comes in Linux Lite. It was not very difficult even for a Linux newby like me.

    http://i.imgur.com/dbap7bX.jpg
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