How to revive an old Mac with Linux

Quick guide on how to install Linux alongside MacOS on your old Mac, and make it more useful.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS virtualization and customization

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has been released last month. LTS is an abbreviation for “Long Term Support”: while a new Ubuntu Desktop is released every six months, the LTS versions are released every 2 years and receive a 5 years support. An ideal solution for anyone looking for stability. Ubuntu has nine flavours and dozens of localised and specialised derivatives, but we are focusing today on the main ‘official’ version.

While I wasn’t fond of Unity, Ubuntu’s default desktop environment, a few years ago, it has been greatly improved lately and may become a solid solution for a light and punchy virtual machine.

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Make Openbox your window manager in Ubuntu

Autumn is here, it’s time to change our wallpaper! And our distro as well… Today we’ll see how to tweak Lubuntu, the lightest and simplest of the *buntu releases to make it run smoother than ever and look a bit nicer.

To do that we’ll use the Openbox window manager, a highly configurable WM that “allows you to change almost every aspect of how you interact with your desktop and invent completely new ways to use and control it.” I’ve already mentioned it a few time on this blog, while doing some testing on the brilliant Crunchbang Debian distribution. And as the spiritual successor of Crunchbang, BunsenLabs, is about to be launched, it seems an excellent timing to have a new look at Openbox.

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KDE distro in 2014

New distro-hopping today, from the borringly stable Mint 16 Mate and its fast, semi old-school config (that you can get working in Debian, by the way). I was looking for a new KDE distro alternative to Kubuntu, for no real reason, compatible with my Macbook 4,1: neither Arch (tedious install with EFI), nor Fedora (disk partition problems with the Anaconda installer), OpenSuse or Mageia (not in my taste).


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Gnome Shell 3.8

Gnome Shell 3.8 here on Ubuntu 13.04 – for Macbook-EFI reasons. First with Shell theme by Elegance Colors, GTK MediterraneanNight. Then with default theme Adwaita, which is great, especially if you activate the dark theme under Gnome Tweak Tool.

The DE is simple and functional, although the notification area should be improved (lack of visibility on past notifications).

Gnome 3.8



Various modifications…

1. Modify font in default shell theme :

$ nano /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css
/* default text style */
stage {
    font-family: Liberation Sans, sans-serif;
    font-size: 10pt;
    color: white;

Then relaunch the UI (Alt+F2 > r)

2. Usefull gnome extensions [here] :

  • User theme
  • Setting Center
  • Places
  • Caffeine
  • Net Speed
  • Messaging Menu

Gnome-043. Panel bar

A simple tint2 panel bar can be of help when numerous windows are opened. Configure your tintrc to blend in the shell colors. No integration problem whatsoever.

Gnome-05Désactiver le bluetooth au démarrage de Gnome shell

nano /etc/rc.local
# add before last line :
rfkill block bluethooth

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