I’ve been a fan of Ubuntu and Linux in general for quite a few years now. As of today, even though I now own a really nice Macbook Pro with Retina display, I don’t expect my appreciation and use of my Linux machines to be seriously affected. I see this addtion more as an enhancement than a replacement.
Adding a MacBook Pro to my computing world meant learning a thing or two about new file systems and compatibility solutions. I’ve dealt with the Windows – Linux translation for decades, but Mac – Linux has its own set of twists.
Work Involves Music
I had all my music ripped to FLAC. To work with iTunes, I had to translate it all to ALAC (in order to keep it lossless). That turned out to be fun, actually. I had to write a couple of Bash scripts to work through my entire music library, check folders, create new folders, translate the files and embed the artwork. That was cool. I decided to return my iPod back to Apple firmware instead of Rockbox. Besides, it works better with the Pioneer head in the truck. In the end, I wound up better off for the change.
Easy File Transfer
Getting movies moved over to the new machine meant using an external hard drive. My only other option was WiFi, and I didn’t want to wait that long. Some movie files are too large for Fat32, so I was faced with a dilemma. The Ubuntu machines are formatted to Ext4 and the Apple SSD is formatted to HFS+ with journaling. I was able to add HFS+ read/write capability to the Ubuntu machine and use the Mac to format the external drive HFS+ with journaling turned off.
The result is the ability to quickly and easily move large files between all my computers. It won’t work on a Windows machine, but I don’t have any of those, so that’s not an issue for me right now.
I use Virtualbox from Oracle to run Windows inside Ubuntu. I was very pleased to see it was also available for OSX 10.9. I downloaded and installed it, copied over my XP.vdi file (29GB, using the USB external hard drive formatted to HFS+), configured a new virtual machine pointing to that file, and started it up. Perfect. Now I’m ready for those rare moments Windows is needed.
Dropbox, UbuntuOne, iCloud, Google Drive
Dropbox is where my working files live. There are top quality Dropbox sync apps for every computing platform, and mobiles apps that streamline access to my files on my phone. Installing Dropbox for iOS and OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) was as easy as normal. It looks and works the same on both platforms. Very good for enhancing cooperation between my machines.
There is an UbuntuOne app for OSX. It doesn’t set up intuitively, however, so instead of loading at boot, I have to start it manually. Not a critical issue, more of an irritant.
I have yet to look at iCloud, and Google Drive is going to remain a web-only backup solution.
These activities formed the foundation for cooperation between the Ubuntu machines and the new Mac. Now I can move between machines and OSes with no hiccups.