Only about 2% of computer users will know or care what this post is about, but (as another geek said) “I am dating another operating system”.
I have tried Linux timidly on my old iMac, first running it without installing it, from a DVD and from a USB stick. That experience pleased me enough to try running it in a VirtualBox … still within the Mac operating environment, though.
Then inspiration struck. I installed a free copy of Linux Mint on a friend’s old PC. It was bogged down to a crawl with every kind of virus and malware, so slow it was useless. Linux brought it back to life and the sick old copy of Windows XP was set aside. Why shouldn’t I boot up Linux on my own Mac? I mean, really install it and boot from it.
So I read up all the advice on how to partition my hard drive. Then I installed the latest Linux Mint version and software (that Apple doesn’t like) to switch back and forth from Linux to Mac OS X. Not bad for a septuagenarian. There are much younger chaps who have failed (he boasted cautiously).
Admittedly, it took me hours to find all the information I needed and I got a lot of help from online sources, but up came Linux Mint, nice as you please. Hey, I can play with 30,000 free apps, now. No virus problems with Linux, either. Nice.
One thing, though. Linux is usually used to revive old Windows PCs, not Macs. It didn’t come with drivers for the wifi cards in iMacs. No internet. So I found the drivers here, figured out how to get them into my Linux system, rebooted and bingo! Internet … with some flakiness I have to solve … but it works.
I expect to spend a lot of time on the Linux side, getting familiar with my new toys. I’ll go back to the Mac side for Photoshop, and maybe for old time’s sake, but this new computing environment is exciting, open source, and free. 😀