What is the best "buddy" desktop OS to work alongside ?

I don't need super fancy "syncing" or anything, just curious what would feel best to compliment each other.


Decided on Fedora for now. We will see how things go.

(Think my upcoming post about getting Monterey working on my 2012 Mac Mini might need some alterations)

Tried out Open Core from scratch again last night and everything went smoothly. Back on macOS Monterey on the 2012 Mac Mini


@tdarb Slackware is my go-to desktop Linux distribution. It's old-school, rock-solid, extremely comprehensive unless you really like GNOME, and plays nicely with most of my devices.

One of Slackware's upsides is also its downside for a lot of people. Being old-school, it doesn't have a GUI installer. While you can select packages, the usual advice to newbies is to install everything. Your first login after booting is as root to a CLI, and you've got to create regular users yourself.

@fullstackthaumaturge My problem whenever I setup a new Linux machine I love the idea of pure minimalism but slowly begin missing the more polished UI of something like macOS...

This is why I'm somewhat leaning towards Fedora (I know I can get Gnome of other distros too, but having it via default is nice)

@tdarb Slackware might not be as minimalist as you think. If you do a full install, the default desktop environment is KDE Plasma. You've just got to access it with startx after creating your user account or edit /etc/inittab use run level 4 for a graphical login on boot.

But if you want GNOME and want something reasonably close to turnkey desktop Linux, Fedora's solid.

@tdarb Open Core Legacy patcher is working nicely AFAIK… there might be issues with Nvidia cards and recent macOS versions, but beside that it should be smooth sailing…

@appelgriebsch It worked for me perfectly with my MacBook Air 2011 and with the original HDD of this Mac Mini.

Once I swapped to SSD it gave me nothing but problems.

@tdarb yeah it somehow stores the boot device in the EFI so as soon as you swap it out you may have to reboot via an USB and reselect your boot device…(there might be an option for a boot menu at start, but not sure if that’s on by default)

@appelgriebsch Yeah I just redid the entire process again.

1. Internet recovery on the SSD back to Mavericks
2. Upgraded to Catalina
3. Popped in the Open Core Monterey USB and rebuilt Open Core
4. Booted off installer and followed instructions like before

Just wouldn't take, even after multiple reboots and following troubleshoot issues. Maybe it is the hardware? Who knows lol

@tdarb yeah that’s the „challenge“ with the Open Core Legacy patcher … at the end it’s a hack and you don’t know how long it will last… :(

@appelgriebsch Exactly. But it is a wonderful project and major kudos to everyone involved. I'm quite happy with the machines I own where it _has_ worked :)

@m2m Yeah your post was eating away at me lol

@tdarb Well seeing that PostmarketOS is based upon on Alpine Linux, I would image Alpine Linux would fit your needs. Though any Linux distro could depending on how much work you wish to put into it.

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