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