Favored Freeware: Kubuntu

Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.

Pros: Kubuntu is a powerful and free operating system. The default installation process is incredibly user-friendly and includes almost every application that you would ever need to get started in the world of Linux. Kubuntu is fully supported by both its developers and an enthusiastic user community. Kubuntu is a cross-platform operating system for PowerPC Macs, Intel x86 PCs, and AMD64 PCs.

Cons: Kubuntu does not support AirPort Extreme cards at this time. The blame for this lies entirely with Broadcom, as they have refused to provide native Linux drivers and specifications for the chipset that powers the AirPort Extreme cards.

Note: If you prefer GNOME over KDE, try Ubuntu.

4 responses

  1. Did you install Linux on a mac?

  2. Yes, I did. I installed Kubuntu on an old 12″ iBook that was collecting dust at the time.

  3. I did not think that was possible, but dual instalation on an Apple is a nogo for sure, right?

  4. No, it’s possible. The Kubuntu installer will ask if you want to wipe the hard drive and install Kubuntu or install Kubuntu in a separate partition. If you want to keep OS X, you will want to install Kubuntu in a separate partition (thus turning your one hard drive into two). I didn’t want to keep on OS X on my old iBook since it had been out of service for an entire year, so I decided to wipe the hard drive and install Kubuntu.