One of those Things was a ground-breaking new version of Apple's operating system: OS X 10.0, code named "Cheetah" and we got an in-depth tour, of how it was Thinking Different, how to use it and how it worked.
Back then, Linux wasn't very pretty:
OS X, well, she was gorgeous in comparison:
But it wasn't until the presentor had said, "it's basically FreeBSD under the hood...all the tools are there, if you want or need to use them." and opened up a terminal window and ran a handful of Linux commands that I nearly peed myself and instantly fell in love with Apple all over again.
This year's tax refund was very embiggened compared to the last few years and I decided to blow it all in one swell foop:
I bought myself a shiny new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a 23" LED backlit monitor for good external viewing measure (I have been saving up for it for a while, but the tax refund brought me to the goal).
The hard part, other than watching my 'splurge account' go from huge to zero in the click of a mouse, was finding, then downloading and installing comparable applications for OS X that I'd gotten used to or very proficient in using on Linux.
Fortunately, thanks to the growth of Linux on the desktop, that wasn't a hugely daunting task. Many of the programs I have used for years also exist for OS X (either because open source or the developer makes versions for all 3 flavors of the popular operating systems). In case I ever need to come back to it or if someone happens upon my humble little blarg and they find themselves in a similar boat (or perhaps the same boat), here's what I used on Linux ("Tank" and what I'm using on the MBP ("Macquarium"). If I found an app I liked better it's listed first for Macquarium:
|KeepassX (secure password storage)||MacPass, KyPass Companion|
|SublimeText, Atom||TextMate, SublimeText, Atom|
|Autokey-py3 (text hotkeys)||aText (might as well be autokey's OS X-native twin)|
|Steam (games. duh.)||Steam|
|GIMP (graphics and photo editing)||Acorn, Pixelmator, GIMP|
|packer/yaourt (software installer)||Brew (installs \*nix software but for OS X)|
|Pidgin (XMPP messaging)||Swift/Adium|
|Filezilla (FTP)||Transmit, Cyberduck, FileZilla|
|Handbrake (DVD copy)||Handbrake|
|MakeMKV (DVD ripping)||MakeMKV|
There are a few paid apps on that list, but IMNSHO, worth the few bucks (or the nag is not a big hassle).
These are miscellaneous programs I use for things like this and other sites, and they're related to the above in a way:
Afterthought: one thing I really started to miss almost immediately is Linux ability (via the window manager) to "highlight, middle click copypaste": highlight text with the mouse (web page, document, etc) and the "system" automagically copies it and then with a middle-click of the mouse, it gets pasted.
Enter USB Overdrive.
My mouse has 5 buttons (left, right, middle/scroll and two side buttons, aka "button 4 and 5"). With USB overdrive, I configured button 4 to perform a keyboard ⌘-c (copy) and button 5 to perform a keyboard ⌘-v (paste). Only took a few times to make it 2nd nature and problem solved.