From Linux to OS to Linux and back – and finally???

Long time no blog – I hope this will change.

Recently, I got a new computer. Well, this s not to much news, this happens to nearly everybody (especially if the old one is about 6 years old). But I decided that I want to have a Mac – retina – and as I got the opportunity, here it is: Mac Powerbook Retina.

I must say, very nice machine.

Now to the OS. There are many links on how to install Ubuntu on a Mac Retina ( is the one I used, but there are many others around) and I tried it.

Well – this is a story for itself, but after four times re-partitioning the mac, installing ubuntu, not getting it to work, deleting the partitions, giving up, deleting the partitions, not managing to translate my workflow into OS X, repartitioning, …, I finally got ubuntu to boot. Very nice indeed.


  • The touch pad is unusable
  • The screen is nothing compared to OS X

So I gave up. It was not easy – I mean after all the NSA listening in in the internet, the backdoors in different OS, Linuxz would be the choice. But I decided: If the NSA is listening at the odes, it is irrelevant which OS I am using, they will listen anyway. So I decided to give OS X a try and we will see if I am happy.

Now this was not as easy as I thought, as there are many pitfalls. As one (I) has (had) to learn, even if OS X is build aon free BSDm, it is definitely not Linux.

Now what were the problems:

  • Understanding the differences between Linux and OS X (and there ar many!)
  • Understanding the similarities between Linux and OS X (and there are many!)
  • installing certain programs
  • where the hack is the package management????????
  • paths, paths and more paths.

Before this is getting to long, I will have several follow up posts ,describing certain aspects of the migration from Ubuntu to OS X. These will include

  • R
  • emacs
  • ess
  • org mode
  • whatever comes to mind or is suggested.

So – if I don’t follow up my promise to blog about this migration: remind and push me. And let me know, which aspects interest you the most.

It is a very interesting experience for me, and I think it is worth to spread the word.

So this is it for today

Cheers and enjoy life