Differences between Mac OS X and linux

Mac OS X is BSD, while linux is gnu. The two are similar, but different. They also use different file systems:

  • Mac: HFS+
  • Linux: ext2 or reiser (among others)

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Most often, its a human using a Mac, and a linux machine running services and managing networks. There are a few things that I need both linux and Macs to do for me:

  1. rsync - for syncronization of my home directory for backups UPDATE: rsync is really not for syncronizing two work stations. I'm trying unison now.
  2. openssl - for encryption of files

I know there are many other ways to accomplish those goals, but I prefer to use tools that come standard on both platforms.

Alternative Security Options: http://www.wasuvi.com/?page_id=2368

X11 http://forums.macosxhints.com/archive/index.php/t-57627.html http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030110062251974

Other cool Mac OS X and unix related stuff: The Gimp http://www.bigbold.com/snippets/posts/show/2745 Duplicity Inkscape


Unison Unison

Mac OS X Unison notes:

Put unison settings in .unison, NOT Library/Application Support/Unison.

Understanding Mac metadata:

  • man mdls
  • man mdfind

Beyond what I would do to make Mac more like linux: These pages talk about installing more command line utils to make bsd more like linux. http://www.emmes-world.de/mac-afp-homes.html http://www1.gly.bris.ac.uk/~wookey/MEFTLG/index.htm http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/~schneidj/mac-os-x-10.3.html

General Mac OS X Websites:

OS X Central