[svlug] linux installation advice?

John Grafton john.grafton at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 17:17:49 PDT 2012

Hello Joanne,

Brew is a good option for running python, hadoop, and other open source
software packages on Mac OSX.  It keeps itself contained in the
/usr/local/Cellar directory by default and doesn't clutter your Mac with
random library dependencies.


John Grafton

On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting Joanne Sun (joannehsun at gmail.com):
> > 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?
> Hi, Joanne.
> Yes, a MacOS X laptop certainly can run pretty much any Linux
> distribution within a virtual machine setup.  You don't need to make any
> changes to MacOS; just install your choice of virtual machine software
> into it.
> Popular choices:
> Oracle VM VirtualBox:  open source (GPLv2)
> Parallels Desktop for Mac:  proprietary
> VMware Fusion:  proprietary
> If I might make a suggestion:  Install your choice of VM software, and
> then bring your Mac to the next meeting of SVLUG's sister group CABAL,
> which will next meet this Saturday, 4 pm to midnight, at my and my
> wife's house in west Menlo Park.  CABAL is a relaxed social and dining
> group that helps people do installations of any Linux or BSD
> installation and solve software problems with them.
> http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/
> As long as your Mac has, say, 1 GB or more of RAM (1.5 GB+ is more
> spacious), you should have no trouble running many Linux distros in a
> VM under OS X, but be aware that some DEs (desktop environments) that
> _can_ be used on Linux, but needn't necessarily be, are a bit hoggish on
> RAM and CPU.
> As others have already noted, you should also be aware that OS X itself
> is a full-featured BSD-flavour Unix (proprietary-licensed, in part), and
> certainly can run Python along with a great deal of what can run on
> Linux distributions.
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