So I've been contemplating replacing the OS on my iMac with Linux (Fedora or Mint) but I'm still unsure if I want to do this since I've been using OS X for about 4 years now.
What does /g/ think?
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As Mac-user you already have potential knowledge how to use terminal and its commands, so your switch to a different OS is not so big as it is for Windows-users.
As stated earlier, dual booting is the way to go.
Just from personal experience, fedora gets really annoying at times compared to the Ubuntu derivatives/Debian. The only real plus is dnf now and that's not even that great.
My advice is either try mint/Debian or arch with architect. Former will give you a smooth experience and teach you slowly, but the latter will make you learn much faster with a lot of added frustration.
Also just a tip, I've had issues using a macbook pro with most distros in installation because they usually don't have the correct broadcom drivers. So unless you have an ether net or some other access to Internet, you're probably better off sticking to the buntus that I know have that support OOTB
I'm using Linux on my devices since it's free and is convenient to write scripts.
But if I had a mac (though I'm not ready to spend buck to buy an apple device) it wouldn't feel so different.
Why would you want to replace an OS that has been specifically optimized for your device?
You'd be crazy to pull the trigger on this OP.
Drivers are the issue here. Mac OSX has been optimized for the Mac hardware so if you are used to the experience of using OSX on your Mac, and you aren't a hardcore Linux nut that is willing to forgive all sorts of unpleasant shit in the name of FOSS, then you will be very disappointed with the hardware performance when running Linux.
Just to be clear, I run Fedora on a ThinkPad used for work and Ubuntu on my desktop rig at home. But I wouldn't dream of installing either on a Mac due to the drivers..
Have a friend that did it. He regretted it.
Elementary OS is most similar to OS X out of the Box, but you can pretty much do that With nearly any Linux. Take one you think looks best of the buntus (ubunt, kubuntu, xubuntu, ubuntu gnome) or mint (mate or cinnamon) you can make all of them look like OS X if you want. Elementary OS is not very good for newbs because it has weird default software Choices