For years people have been debating whether or not Apple computers are suitable for advanced programming and coding. Most people believe it is because of the speed and power of Apple laptops and computers. But the real reason why programmers and developers don’t prefer Apple laptops and computers is its OS – Operating System! Yes, you are reading it correctly.
There are different OS for laptops and computers including macOS, Windows, Linux, Ubuntu and a few others. Among all the most popular OS among programmers and developers is LINUX! But what makes Linux a better OS choice as compared to macOS? And even if it’s true – can you really switch to Linux OS from macOS? Also, is it possible to use both OS on your Mac laptops?
Well, if you are a new Apple user or beginner programmer, looking for answers to these questions then our blog welcomes you! In this post, we are going to share some interesting facts about the Linux OS and how it’s better than macOS. And we assure you that by the end of this article you will be able to easily use Linux on your MacBook pro or air!
Both macOS and Linus share some common features such as both are similar to UNIX OS. It means that you can get access to UNIX commands, BASH, and other shells. Furthermore, both Linux, as well as macOS, offers less variety of applications and games as compared to Windows. Other than these basic similarities there are many major differences between these two Operating Systems.
Though macOS is a great and viable option for Graphic designers and video editors, it is a BIG NO for developers, sysadmins and DevOps. It is because of the following reasons:
One of the biggest benefits of using Linux as OS is that it comes free of cost. Unlike Windows and macOS, the users do not have to buy the activated Linux version.
Linux is an open-source Operating system. It means that you can see or modify the source code easily whenever you want to.
As Linux is a free OS, you can install it on any computer and laptop. There is no configuration restriction to install Linux. It means that when you use Linux you have a wide expansion of configuration & hardware choices. On the other hand, macOS comes with a limited and minimal set of configuration choices.
No doubt macOS is a secure operating platform for computers and laptops – at least more secure than Windows. But even this OS easily falls prey to malware and adware attacks. On the other hand, despite being an open-source OS, Linux comes with malware and adware protection.
Linux is all about personalization and customization. You can easily edit and remove anything in this OS.
Unlike macOS and Microsoft Windows, you are in charge of your OS when using Linux. You control everything that makes this OS a more reliable option as compared to any other OS.
Apple Mac laptops and computers are the perfect machines for the Linux system. So if you have a Mac laptop with an Intel processor you can easily install and use Linux. There are two methods to install Linux OS on your Mac computer – one is via the ‘Virtualization Software’ and the second other one is replacing the macOS with Linux OS.
But before you decide which method would you prefer, it is important to first select the LINUX version you want to get on your laptop. There are five different versions of Linux including Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Kubuntu and Linux Mint. The most popular among all these versions is Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
The virtualization software method is a simple and easy method. There are two most popular virtualization software – VirtualBox (the free environment) and Parallels Desktop (powerful but easier installation environment).
Here are the steps that you have to follow to install the Linux OS on your Mac Laptop:
Instead of using the Linux OS within a virtual environment you can replace macOS with Linus as well. Though this process is not straightforward and simple, it is not impossible. Before discussing how you can replace macOS with Linus, you must be warned that doing so comes at a cost. You will lose macOS/OS X installation as well as OS X Recovery Partition.
Anyhow if you still want to replace macOS with Linus then here are the steps:
If you prefer to replace the macOS with Linux OS then keep in mind that:
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