Have Linux geeks gotten too fat?

Today in Open Source: Have Linux geeks gotten too fat? Plus: Running Linux on your Mac, and KDE changes

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Why would you want to run Linux on your Mac, which features a Unix-based operating system in itself? Well, you may need to run Linux applications for your job as a system admin, or perhaps there's some specific app that some kind soul has written to run on a variety of Linux distributions but hasn't been ported to OS X yet. Whatever the reason, it's easy to do and you can put it on your resumé.

Run Linux in Mac OS X with VirtualBox

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I know there are some folks who might question the entire idea of running Linux on a Mac, since Apple is pretty much the definition of a closed system, and this runs entirely counter to the open source ideals of Linux.

However, I actually think it's a good idea. Running Linux in VirtualBox (on a Mac or Windows) gives people the chance to be exposed to Linux, and it gives them the opportunity to try out various Linux distributions to see which ones they like.

Mac users also get a chance to check out the huge range of open source applications that they might never have had a chance to try without experimenting with Linux. Plus, they can check out various desktop environments to compare and contrast them with what Apple's OS X offers.

Eventually some of those folks might take the plunge and do a full install of Linux on one of their computers. VirtualBox lets people take the plunge into Linux with baby steps. They get to try it out, educate themselves, and then move ahead with switching to Linux when they are ready.

The only quibble I can find with the article is in its choice of Ubuntu as the distro of choice for Mac users. Ubuntu is a fine distro, but I suspect that Mac users might be better off with Linux Mint instead. I suppose I might be nitpicking here, but Unity - though it sort of resembles the Dock in OS X - is not necessarily the best way to bring people into Linux. Your mileage may vary on this though if you are a fan of Ubuntu.

KDE Changes

Ostatic has an article about changes to KDE, including KDE 4.11.1 bug fixes, a different release structure and Plasma Active 4.

It's been a real hub of activity over there at the KDE camp this week. First, they announced the release of KDE 4.11.1 bug fix and stabilization update on September 3. Then, on September 4 Howard Chan blogged about the new refined KDE release structure. And, as if that wasn't enough excitement for one week, Carl Symons announced the release of Plasma Active 4 today.

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I'm glad to see KDE rolling right along, it's definitely one of the more important Linux desktop environments.

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