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Re using Ubuntu on your new Mac, Zoolook is absolutely right. There is no need. You may not know this, but Mac OS X is built on FreeBSD (or OpenBSD - I can never remember which). There is a full unix heart beating under that beautiful OS X skin.

When you get your Mac, just open Terminal (in your Utilities folder initially - I immediately added it to my Dock) and behold - you will be greated by good ol' bash.

After that, if you are not a command line sort, go and get yourself DarwinPorts, a simple to install open source build system. After that, go nuts with Open Source software as you like. DarwinPorts is a full open source distribution, but in source form, rather like Gentoo, but MUCH simpler. To add a new package, for example the wonderful gnumeric spreadsheet, you just open a Terminal window and enter:

port gnumeric install

This fires up DarwinPorts, which downloads the gnumeric source, compiles it, builds it and installs it. If there are any missing dependencies, it downloads all of them, in the proper order, builds and installs them, and then carries on with your requested package, in this case gnumeric. It is seamless - nearly flawless package management with a HUGE selection of available software.

Enjoy your new Mac, and don't worry about adding Linux - just use DarwinPorts to import all of the Linux applications you wanted into Mac OS X and run them from there. For myself, I run Abiword, gnumeric, feh, ghostview, xv, gtksee, mc, and a whole host of others.

Macs - they really are the best of both worlds.

Yup, I am a recent convert. I got my Mac in May, after two years as a full time Linux user (SuSE, Mandrake, Arch and Ubuntu) preceded by a lifetime of DOS and Windows usage (starting with DOS 5.0).

My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
My iStuff: 64GB iPhone 5, 64GB iPad4, 30GB iPod Video, 16GB iPod Touch
My OS': Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS 9.2.2, openSUSE 10.3
I was on the Mac-Forums honor roll for September 2007
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