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Is it possible to use mac trackpad gestures on, say, a linux virtualbox machine?

Specifically, I would just love to use the trackpad to do "three finger swipes" and switch between Linux workspaces (desktops), that would be extremely slick. I imagine this might require a plugin or ...
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Airdrop Alternative for Windows/Mac/Linux?

I am looking for something that does the same thing as Airdrop that would work on Windows/Mac/Linux. Because of hardware it would most likely have to be LAN-based, but I am perfectly fine with that. ...
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Mounting an ext3/4 Linux external hard drive to OS X

I just bought two 500 GB hard drives for my Mac for the purposes of backing up ten older hard drives to it. One hard drive (200 GB, pretty much full) is from my Linux machine. I tried installing ...
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Using Linux computer as time capsule - possible but any experiences?

have a Linux computer running as a server on which I also installed a time capsule (see for Vortexbox (my setup) but also for Ubuntu). Before using this as my main backup, has anybody any experiences ...
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Is there a way to put switches at the end when using OS X command-line?

For example: rm long/path/to/some/dir -r instead of: rm -r long/path/to/some/dir Is it possible to make it work like that, as in GNU command line utils? TIA, Karol
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Ubuntu on iMac: graphics

I have just got a new iMac 14.3 with 21.5″ display. It has Intel i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT750M graphics card with GPU (Device ID: 0x00fe9). I have installed Ubuntu 13.10 on it (dual boot with ...
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Upgrade to mountain lion from dual-boot ubuntu configuration

I have a Lion installation dual-booted with Ubuntu using refit. Upon trying to upgrade to Mountain Lion, I reboot into the mountain lion installer, and get a message about OS X not being able to be ...
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Why does “echo'' ” in /etc/bashrc cause scp to hang?

I am copying directories from a Snow Leopard machine to a Tiger machine using scp -r and for some reason, it appears that the final line of the target (Tiger) machine's /etc/bashrc (echo '') causes ...
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Boot Late 2010 MacBook Air from SD Card

I have a late 2010 MacBook Air (13 inch) and would absolutely love to be able to boot it from my SD Card on which I have Puppy Linux installed. I use Puppy Linux on an old HP Mini 2133 netbook and I'd ...
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When running Windows (or Linux) on a Retina MacBook Pro, what resolution does it report?

I use parallels and vm software to run Windows and Linux on my Apple machines. When running Windows (or Linux) on a Retina MacBook Pro, what resolution does it report?
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How do I gain permission to generate ssh keys on my Mac?

I tried to generate ssh keys for GitHub (access through SSH in terminal), but I do not have access to the .ssh directory. I tried to ls -l ~/.ssh, but I got this error ls: .ssh: Permission denied I ...
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How to ssh to remote web server without using a password

I'm new to OS X. As per title, I'm having trouble connecting to my web server through SSH. My server accepts keys and we don't use passwords. I've come from windows, and on windows I used PuTTY to ...
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Any alternative to iOS for an iPhone 3G?

I have an iPhone 4, and I would like to recycle my “old” iPhone 3G. Is there a good Android-for-iPhone? A Linux distribution optimized for iPhone? Another alternative OS, like a BSD or a BeOS-like? ...
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Is there an equivalent utility to Linux's tracepath for OS X?

I'm attempting to determine the path MTU from my Mac to various sites, and can't find a built-in utility to accomplish this. In Linux, I would use a utility like tracepath, but I"m wondering if there ...
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`/var/lock` equivalent on OSX

/var/lock doesn't exist in OSX, so where do the lock files / PID files go?
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How are colorschemes represented in OS X Terminal.app Settings Files?

I'm interested in moving color values I've created for OS X Terminal to applications on other platforms, such as Linux. I'm familiar with the usual methods of representing color values like RGB, HSB, ...
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Macbook Air not waking up from Suspend/Sleep with rEFInd boot manager installed

Having installed both rEFInd 0.6.10 (updated to 0.6.11) via its install.sh and Ubuntu 13.04 on another partition I can now choose on a MacBook Air to boot either MacOS or Linux. When running MacOS ...
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Can I boot Linux (any distro?) from USB on a MacBook Air that has no hard drive?

I've a MacBook Air that has burned out three hard drives from OWC. The original drive is gone somewhere, and it no longer makes sense to purchase a replacement. The rest of the hardware is in good ...
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Is there a way to get gnome-terminal on Lion?

Is there a port of gnome-terminal, or a way to compile it, or some other program that is typographically comparable, under Lion? There is a typographic difference, and I can't duplicate it in ...
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how to store Time Machine backups on NFS and keep metadata?

There is a Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) desktop, it stores Time Machine backups on a separate partition. Also there is an Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) server with NFS daemon running, it exports a /BACKUP disk. This ...
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How can I use a Linux box's display as a third display for my MacBook Pro?

At work, I have a MacBook Pro that I use as my primary machine. I also have a RHEL6 box that has a dual-head graphics card. When my KVM is switched to the Mac, the second display that is hooked to the ...
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How to create a USB installer for Multiple OS on an OSX system?

I would like to be able to create a disk image (that I can transfer via Disk Utility.app to a large USB storage thumb drive) which is a multiboot installer for provisioning various operating systems ...
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Replacing OSX with Windows/Linux on aging mac

I have an old 2008 13" Macbook4,1 model (not pro) running Snow Leopard with 4GB of RAM and 160GB of HDD. It is adequate for my needs at the moment but the OS is no longer being supported by Apple (NTP ...
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Is it possible to launch a Linux application running under Parallels from OS X?

I am looking for a way to launch an individual application (e.g. Firefox) on my Ubuntu installation which is running under Parallels. I am open to any method of launching such as a shortcut (like how ...
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How can I get Homebrew working under Mavericks?

I had been doing most of my POSIX development on something other than my Mac after upgrading from Mountain Lion to Mavericks, and when I came back, Homebrew was not functioning at a smoke-test level. ...
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Super and admin user in OS X

Superuser account is disabled by default in OS X (Mavericks). But if you run sudo -l you will come to know that the admin user can execute all superuser commands. Then what is the point of disabling ...
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I cannot login as root to my mac mini from a linux computer

From my Linux desktop (Fedora), I am trying to log in as root to my mac mini computer. $ ssh root@my-mac-mini Connection closed by 10.0.1.12 10.0.1.12 is the mac mini ip address. In the log file ...
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Can you triple boot on Mac OS X Lion (twice) and Linux?

I'd like to install two separate version of OS X Lion and a copy of Linux on my Mac. How do I go about doing this?
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MacBook Pro running Linux - only 3.6 GB RAM available

(This is a repost of my question on SuperUser.com, hopefully it's better suited here ). I've happily installed Linux on my MacBook Pro with 4 GB of RAM, but I only get 3.6 GB available: ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on Mountain Lion

I'm working on a MacBook late 2008 Unibody Aluminium with Mountain Lion on. I'm trying to mount Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit on a USB stick in Mountain Lion but it seems impossible. I've read all the ...
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What Linux variants can be installed on an 1st generation Apple TV?

I want to install some version of Linux on my 1st gen Apple TV. What Linux variants can be installed on an Apple TV? Bonus points: is this even a good idea? How useful is the Apple TV as a ...
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Is it possible to use Linux USB drivers on Mac OS X?

I have a USB device that I use on a daily basis and it has Linux and Windows drivers. I would like to use this device in Mac OS X (meaning not through a VM). Is it possible? edit System requirements ...
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Can Startup Manager be used to boot Linux operating systems?

This is a pretty simple question and I'm thinking the answer is no, but can Mac's Startup Manager be used to boot Linux based operating systems? I'll probably end up installing a tool like rEFInd ...
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Calendar that's accessible from Mac OS X and Linux

Does anyone know of any calendar software/approach, so that I can use my calendar from both Mac OS X and from Linux? I use both Mac OS X and Linux regularly, and I'd like to be able to both view and ...
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Can I connect to my Linux server using “Go > Connect to Server”?

In Windows I use WinSCP. How can I do this?
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How to recover a deleted/replaced HFS+ partition from external drive?

How do I recover a HFS Plus partition that somehow I've managed to delete or replace with a Linux command? I didn't do anything else, I mean, I didn't put any files or folders on the drive, so it is ...
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Best practices for mounting Linux filesystems on OS X over the Internet

Before I ask my question, an impassioned plea. Please don't let this devolve into a "use the command-line or GTFO" flamewar. Yes, I know about scp and friends. I have a VPS running Ubuntu and I'd ...
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How can I install Debian on a PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9.2?

Today I started installing Debian Linux on an old Macintosh PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9.2. After a long time of backing up old documents I erased the whole disk. At the end I just want Debian ...
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How to get music from Dropbox to ANY mp3 music type app

I am using an iphone 6, first time with an iphone, not really fond of it unfortunately bought it for the slow-mo video but having a heck of a time getting my music transferred! I don't want to live ...
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OS X: Specifying custom command line invocation of program as application for opening files on double click

I'm primarily a Linux user who recently acquired a MacBook Air and I'm currently desperately trying to find out whether there's an equivalent for Linux's desktop definition files, where you can define ...
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Securely delete guest accounts in OSX

I need a way to securely wipe guest accounts accounts off of my machine. On OSX, guests are automatically deleted on logout, with this deletion being done using the "RM" command. I need a way to alter ...
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Compiz-like effects on OS X

I recently moved from Linux to OS X. So far nothing has disappointed me but I miss the compiz desktop effects I used to have on my Debian (on Ubuntu before I moved to Debian) with xfce and compiz ...
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Dual Booting a Macbook Pro (OSX) with Ubuntu 12.10

I have been trying to dual boot my mid-2012 Macbook Pro running OSX Mountain Lion with Ubuntu 12.10 with a disk and a USB, and none of them are working. I have used disk utility to partition my hard ...
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Apple powerbook G4 17" Trying to install Linux

I believe followed the directions on how to create a bootable USB drive from the Ubuntu website. My question is how can I get my Powerbook to boot from the USB drive? I tried doing the ...
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Add a new user with a specific uid and gid

We have a mixed mac and linux environment at work, to make life easy we use the same uid, gid for each user both on the mac and linux side (I believe this is a standard practice). The problem is, ...
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Can I print to an Airport-shared printer from Linux? from iOS?

I'm considering buying an Airport Express for wifi in my house. I'll plug my printer into the USB port, so I can print from my Mac over wifi. Two related questions: Will I be able to print from my ...
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Unable to mount SMB share using Snow Leopard

I have a Linux box (Raspberry Pi) with Samba set up, and when I try to mount the shares on a MacBook Pro (Snow Leopard, 10.6.8) it just stalls. I have an Applescript that runs at login, which I use to ...
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Cannot mount UDF formatted hard disk in OSX

I have formated a 2TB external disk with UDF filesystem in Ubuntu. The way I formatted it was: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=2048 count=1 sudo mkudffs --media-type=hd --vid=myDisk ...
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Boot Linux from USB drive

I've installed Fedora on a new SATA SSD drive for my MacBook Pro, and when installed into the laptop, it boots perfectly (and runs wonderfully!). However, I want to boot from it externally until I'm ...
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Is there a virtualization program that will let me run a Linux vm and use a whole disk in a supported way?

I'd like to run a linux VM that let's me treat a disk exactly the same way a real Linux installation would - i.e.: I want to use it to prep disks that will then be transferred to and used on Linux ...