[svlug] linux installation advice?

Bill Ward bill at wards.net
Tue Aug 7 10:56:31 PDT 2012


Mac OS X is a Unix box, just open a Terminal window and there you go. But
it sounds like that computer could use some maintenance / upgrading anyway.

On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Joanne Sun <joannehsun at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Finally this email list seems the right one. I wonder if I can ask you
> a linux question. I don't follow the current state of art information
> on linux now. So it is better to ask some expert if you are still
> active in this field.
>
> I need to get a laptop which runs a Unix or Linux command line prompt
> to install Python, Hadoop, Cascading stuff.
>
> Currently I have two laptops: a Win 7 Home and a Mac book pro (bought
> in 2007 or 2008 probably). I don't want to wipe out the Windows laptop
> to install Linux from scratch
> since I use it currently. I don't use my Mac much. It seems to have
> problems with the browser. Always freezing somehow. I don't mind
> upgrade it.
>
> I wonder what is the best option to install Linux and which flavor? I
> think there are some virtual boxes stuff. Not sure if they are really
> like a genuine linux box or any catches there. And I have no idea if
> Mac can run a Linux box?
>
> Thank you very much!
>
> J
>
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