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Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 27, 2018 01:00PM
Hi everyone,

I've been itching to play with Linux for quite a while and decided I want to give it a try on a machine I don't use for anything in particular. It's a '09 13" MBP non-Retina with 16gb RAM and a 480gb SSD.

I was considering these flavors:

Ubunto:

[www.ubuntu.com]

ElementaryOS:

[elementary.io]

Deepin:

[www.deepin.org]

Ubunto is the standard for basic easy to use rock-solid LINUX. Elementary and Deepin are both based on Ubunto. The key difference is the Interface. Both are inspired by OS X and are considered very elegant and easy to use for first time LINUX dabblers like me.

What do you'll think? Ubunto, Elementary or Deepin?

Thanks,

Robert
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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 27, 2018 01:16PM
I too was highly interested in Linux and other "ix" distributions...until I started running OS X.

I think I have a Quadra 650 with NetBSD on it somewhere out in my garage.


[wiki.netbsd.org]
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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: srf1957
Date: December 27, 2018 01:44PM
Linux has gone from the idea of a cheap OS for the masses . To something you basically have too hunt for code to get something to work .
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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 27, 2018 02:55PM
silvarios was one of the main Linux advocates but any recommendations that he made are over a year old now.



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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: timg
Date: December 27, 2018 04:12PM
I haven't used either, but if I had to pick, I'd probably go with elemenary since it is Ubuntu based where as deepin is debian based.



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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: hal
Date: December 27, 2018 06:39PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
silvarios was one of the main Linux advocates but any recommendations that he made are over a year old now.

I hadn't noticed... makes me kinda sad... I've always meant to give it a try and poke around a bit.
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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 28, 2018 01:55AM
I’d recommend getting a cheap used windows laptop somewhere rather than sacrificing a Mac. Ask the IT guy at work. S/he probably has a stack of older machines to be recycled. Make sure it’s at least a 64bit cpu. Ubuntu dropped 32bit support recently. I have an ancient Dell latitude 410 that is still running version 16.04 of Ubuntu quite nicely, but it’s at the end of the road as it’s a 32bit cpu.



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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: JEBB
Date: December 28, 2018 05:58AM
Linux Mint is my choice for a Linux distribution. It is easiest to use and it's based on Ubuntu.
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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: sekker
Date: December 28, 2018 08:07AM
[arstechnica.com]
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Re: Favorite flavor of Linux for a '09 MBP 13"?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 28, 2018 08:41AM
Hi everyone,

Thanks for the suggestions! Definitely won't be buying another machine just for playing with Linux. The Mbp is a spare that is barely used by anyone for anything. Thoring Linux onto it will actually be a better use of the machine than it's current job of doing pretty much nothing. Sounds like Elementary is going to be a good starting point. I'll give that one a whirl. smiling smiley

Robert
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