Default A similar to MAC OS linux?

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  1. tryinlanister, Jan 21, 2019
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    tryinlanister macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2019
    I havn't got enough cash yet to get my new Mac, but I'm bored of Ubuntu and don't do not want to go back to windows.... What I really want is an operating system as close to Mac OS as possible, this is proberly some sort of distro of linux, any ideas?
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  2. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    Bored of Ubuntu in what way?
    How it looks? Keep using Ubuntu and install another desktop environment.
    How it works under the hood? Try another distribution.

    If you like the settings-tweaking aspect of using a Linux distribution you can adapt the look-and-feel of several desktop environments to more closely mimic (various versions of) macOS.

    Ultimately, though, I find that adapting to the system you're using tends to cause less frustration over time than trying to adapt the system as close as possible to you. This includes the various distros with thinner or thicker macOS-like skins, which almost invariably really are just themes for Gnome et al.
  3. c0ppo macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2013
    Try out ElementaryOS.
    Or Manjaro Deepin.

    Both look and feel great! But I simply don't get it, how do you get bored of OS that you can customize any way you want, with 1000 themes/icon packs available for free?
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Element is the most mac like that I know of, but I believe it sits on top of Ubuntu
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Definitely Elementary OS. Although it is a pale imitation. I just found it frustrating when I tried it. As I was so aware of what was missing.

    If you are simply bored of Linux. You can try out a BSD distro. If you really want a challenge. You can try running Haiku the open source version of BeOS.
  6. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    elementaryOS is usually considered the most Mac-like from a GUI perspective. I know you said Linux, but FreeBSD would probably be the most Mac-like from a technical/historical perspective.

    What do you find boring about Ubuntu?
  7. jamespslab macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2019
  8. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    The answers given still apply. :)

    Apple has done a better job than most at hiding the Unixy aspects of macOS until you need them, and at unifying the look-and-feel of applications on their platform. Don’t expect anything free (as in beer) to be able to match that. is the place to look for inspiration. Unfortunately the stuff that’s closest to “just working” (Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint) inherently has a higher risk of becoming boring if you like tinkering.

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