Why do people run Linux on their Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macuser1232, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey I was wondering if you guys could provide me with some answers to why people use Linux on a Mac when Unix and Linux are very similar and there is almost no point? Why not just run linux on your PC and take advantage of your lovely OS X on your Mac?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Because Linux is different? What's the point of asking the question? Everyone has different needs.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Why do you keep asking silly questions? First asking why people using external monitors, then asking why people use windows and now this? Who cares

    If we had a downvote, your post would get it.

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  4. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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  5. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ... You people aren't answering the question. What things to people accomplish with Linux on their Mac? Why would they NEED it?
     
  6. Major.Robto macrumors 6502

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    I hate linux but this is a stupid question,

    Because people can run what ever they want on there computer.

    NOT YOUR COMPUTER. THERE COMPUTER!
     
  7. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    Folks either have a need to, or a want to. In my case I run linux in a VM because I get paid to develop embedded systems sw running on linux.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    They may enjoy learning new things
    They may need the environment for work/jobs
    They may want to have an OS to tinker with and customize as a hobby
    They may come from a Linux background and are transitioning
    They may need certain software available to the Linux community

    The list is endless as to why one person's needs are different than another
     
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Linux is very similar in innards to OS X - that is true. However, the user-facing bits are VERY different. I run Linux because I need to test my cross-platform software against it.
     
  10. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Their*

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    Oh ok. Ya I really like Linux and I really want to mess around with it but I don't know where to start and how.
     

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