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How can I mount an ext4 file system on OS X?

Is there a safe, stable application for reading from and writing to ext4 file systems on Mac OS X? If not, what's the best way to access the contents of an ext4 file system on ...
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How to replace Mac OS X utilities with GNU core utilities?

I found there is some differences between the utility command I used on the mac OSX and linux. I want to make my experience united. How could I replace all my mac utilities with GNU utilities?
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Linux' `ps f` (tree view) equivalent on OSX?

How can I get a tree view like the one below on OSX? vartec@some_server:~$ ps xf PID TTY STAT TIME COMMAND 11519 ? S 0:00 sshd: vartec@pts/0 11520 pts/0 Ss 0:00 \_ -bash ...
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Can I use an iPad effectively without a computer to dock it to?

I'm interested in buying an iPad, but I'm trying to understand what the implications are of not synchronise/docking it with a computer. I only have Linux (Ubuntu) machines these days; I have nothing ...
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iOS7 won't trust linux computer

iPhone 4S iOS7 Linux Mint When I plug my phone into my Linux machine I get the following message "Trust this computer?" No matter how many times I tap "Trust" the message comes up again. I do not ...
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Copying ISO file to USB drive in OS X?

I have tried to copy an ISO file to a USB drive. I am unable to do it with Disk Utility. How can I copy the ISO file to a USB drive? But I get the below. I have enough space in the 16GB USB drive ...
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why does OSX add extra '._<filename>' when I tar a directory?

I'd just like to know why if I "tar -czf" a file/directory, osx adds a: ._ for each file? I see these when I untar in linux. Or when I work with the uncompressed project in eclipse as it doesn't ...
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Does Windows or Linux have any tools for accessing a FileVault2 encrypted drive's contents?

I'm looking to mount (and access files on) my FileVault2 encrypted drive on a non-OS X box, and am wondering if anyone has done this with Windows or Linux.
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How do I run a GUI app via SSH?

I'm used to working on Unix/Linux and recently moved to Mac. In used to be able to do this: derick@linux1:~$ ssh -X linux2 derick@linux2's password: derick@linux2:~$ xclock I've install X11 from ...
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Can I install Linux and Windows on a Mac to triple boot the hardware?

I'm quite the newbie at operating systems etc., so forgive me if my question is dumb. Is it possible to install Linux and Windows on a Mac, to run side by side with OS X? I'm about to start a new ...
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Is this possible? Prevent Live-Linux from booting and grabbing your files without encrypting your disc?

I am a medium-experienced Power User with knowledge about most of the stuff (studying this since two years) and I know something about how Linux and Windows work; I have screwed up countless ...
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Triple Boot Lion+Win7+Linux

I have a challenge for you. I've been doing lots of research, and I've found quite a few questions here left unanswered. I know this is possible, I'm interested in hearing from people who have ...
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Why won't my MacBook Pro boot from a Linux Live CD?

Whenever I try to boot up from a live cd, it starts to boot and then it tells me: No bootable file system available. It's an Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" 8,1 with the 2.3 GHz Core i5. What's ...
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How to mount ext4 partition on OS X 10.8.2?

I'm new to OS X, I was using Ubuntu till now. All my data are stored on an external drive formated as ext4 system file. Is there any other way to acces this data than installing Virtual Box? I'm ...
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How to remove caps lock delay on Apple MacBook Pro aluminum keyboard

Apple's MacBook Pro has a slight delay on the caps lock key. That is, the caps lock key has to be held down slightly longer than normal to register the key press required to engage the caps ...
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What would happen if I force installed a Linux driver into Mac OS X?

So, recently I got a Mac system and I was planning to put in an Intel WiFi card (as an upgrade for its current card). Now, as we know, Apple and Intel do not get along WiFi-wise. However, this same ...
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Should I stick with programming on my Apple or switch to Linux?

I was wondering whether or not the switch to Linux would be worth it. I feel like programming on my MacBook Pro is fine and I was wondering what the advantages would be for staying or switching. ...
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Linux 'Byobu' equivelant for mac

So at home ive been a linux user for a while, and frequently use byobu in the terminal. After a little searching I was unable to find anything like it for a mac, which I now have to use at work. I'm ...
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Is there a Mac OS X equivalent of the Linux iwconfig command?

I'm looking for a command line tool in Mac OS X that performs the equivalent of the iwconfig command in Linux. Example: kirkland@x220:~/src/byobu/byobu$ iwconfig wlan0 wlan0 IEEE 802.11abgn ...
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Time Machine backup format

Is the format of Time Machine's backups documented, or standard? Can I extract the files with a non-Mac system?
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Dual boot Linux and Lion on FileVault 2 disk

I have Mac OS X Lion installed on FileVault partition. On the same disk I've installed GNU/Linux. When I boot my MacBook I can only boot Lion. How to boot Linux? In case you need here is more ...
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Why are Mac files able to have multiple owners?

Regarding Unix file permissions, which Macs use, why are Mac files in particular able to have multiple owners? For instance, you can view the "Get info" panel of a file, and under the Permissions ...
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Can i use “Remote Disc” from a Linux host remotely to OS X?

I just got my first MacBook Pro (retina), so I'm new to OS X. It does not have an optical drive, but I notice there's a "Remote Disc" device in Finder. I was wondering if I can mount my physical disc ...
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Virtualizing Mac OS X on Linux - is it legal?

While browsing i found an interesting tool in sourceforge.net it says Mac-on-Linux is a Linux/PPC program that virtualizes Mac OS or Mac OS X in Linux. Is it legal In india?
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Is there a UNIX-style triple click to select path in Terminal.app?

In Red Hat, if there is a path somewhere on my terminal window and I triple click it, the whole path is selected. I can then easily copy it using middle-click or a regular copy-paste. This doesn't ...
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Is there a beginners guide to Unix from the OS X point of view?

I'm hoping to build on my embarrassingly-limited knowledge of the command line, and I know there are a ton of great resources out there. I'm wondering if there are any books or other resources that ...
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Mac OS X - How to Symlink /home to /Users

For those of us who dabble in penguins and apples, it seems very worth while to be able to use /home paths either out of habbit or for those odd cases where the value may have been sync'd somewhere ...
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What are the main difficulties people face migrating from Linux to Mac OS?

Coming from a Linux background what are the main difficulties I will face if I start to work on iMac? I use to work on Linux with consoles and I know I have a huge apps repository (synaptics) for ...
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How do I make my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 boot from a USB stick?

I actually want to boot Linux but since that is not working I'm thinking some one might know on the Apple end. If there's a way to boot Mac from a USB stick, then booting another operating system ...
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How well does VirtualBox perform when compared to VMWare Fusion for Linux guests?

I'm looking to do some Linux development, which includes some live testing of my application. I need pretty decent performance, but maybe not pedal to the metal performance, at least not for testing. ...
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Is blessing the Ubuntu partition reversible in OS X?

I'm considering using Ubuntu as a main OS. So far, I've been using it in a dual boot setup with OS X. The dual boot worked by holding the ⌥ alt key upon boot (not rEFIt). Blessing the Ubuntu ...
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How do you install and use a Linux partition on Mavericks?

As a just-for-fun type of experiment, I was wanting to install Linux on an external drive that I own and boot it up on my 2007 iMac desktop. I know there are a plethora of guides out there on how to ...
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Can I use my Time Capsule with other OSes?

I have two Macs at home which use Time Machine to back up to a shared Time Capsule. Does anybody know of any tools or methods for other operating systems to perhaps make use of that back-up facility? ...
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Access Lion SMB shares from Linux

I have this fantastic new Lion server that I've gotten all setup with my user accounts, files, etc. File sharing is up and running, everything. Except for one problem: the users running Linux (we use ...
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How do I stream Mac audio to Linux computer?

is there any way to stream audio from my Mac to my Linux computer (my av receiver is connected to that)?
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Can I virtualize Lion on Apple hardware running Linux without violating the EULA?

I have a MacBook Pro and have been single-booting Linux on it for some time. I now need to do some iOS development for work, so I need access to OS X in some form. I could dual-boot or virtualize ...
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How to automatically mount NFS shares on OS X

I have a NFS server set up on my local LAN running on Arch Linux that I can connect to using OS X Mavericks by issuing the following command in the terminal: mount -t nfs -o resvport ...
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How can I right click on a Mac using only the trackpad in a dual-boot environment?

I am absolutely new to Mac OS and can't determine hot to issue a right click on my Mac. If I want a shortcut menu to appear I can ctrl + click to get the same effect or I can use an old mouse that has ...
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Can I remotely access my Mac from Linux using screen sharing?

I like to access my Mac from work (Linux) and I wonder if it is possible without installing additional software like TeamViewer or ChickenVNC. I also noticed somewhere that it is possible to wake my ...
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most Mac-compatible linux distribution

I want to install Ubuntu on my iMac. But I don't want to use Unity. I want to use Gnome 3. I can install it over Ubuntu (as I do on my laptop) but I know that Fedora and OpenSuse use Gnome 3 natively. ...
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Presence of a Linux partition causes FileVault2 setup to fail

I'm currently dual booting Mountain Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 on a rMBP. Everything works fine, but enabling FileVault fails with the error message: "Some information was unavailable during an internal ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a 1st gen Apple TV?

I want to install Ubuntu on my 1st gen Apple TV. How should I go about doing this, using as little third-party software as possible?
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Cross-Platform File System file sharing between MAC, WINDOWS, LINUX?

I've a laptop with triple boot, Yosemite, Windows 8.1, CentOS 7, and need a partition for sharing files between the 3 os's, i've been using exFAT, as it is supported by OSX & Windows but had some ...
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Can I decrypt a dm-crypt filesystem on OS X?

I've been an Ubuntu user for years, and I just got my first Mac. One thing I haven't yet figured out is how to decrypt my encrypted filesystem on which I store my SSH and GPG keys on my flash drive. I ...
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I overwrote OSX with Linux by accident

So here is what happened. I installed Ubuntu onto a flashdrive hoping to be able to dual boot Linux/OSX. I burned Ubuntu onto the flash drive on my desktop PC (windows 8.1) with universal USB ...
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Boot MacBook Pro into non OSX operating system from external harddisk

I have a MacBook Pro and an external HDD with Ubuntu, I can use this HDD to boot other machines into Ubuntu but no amount of pressing option would make my MacBook Pro think that the drive is bootable. ...
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Which Linux distro best to install on a Mac mini 2011 server?

I own a Mac mini 2011 server which I use as workstation. Currently Mac OS X Lion and Windows 7 Professional are installed in parallel (via Boot Camp). Both are 64-bit operating systems. I'd like to ...
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Why hasn't XNU kernel been extensively used?

Why hasn't the XNU kernel been extensively used despite the open source licence offered by Apple? Is it because of specific licensing issues? Or because Linux is technologically much better for ...
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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. ...