I got a Mac laptop (12" powerbook), thought I'd try something different.
Unix with a non-X interface, you have to like that. My favourite thing
is the beautiful font renderer.
I asked some friends -
and Raffi - for advice on what
to install to make my Mac happy. Things I've found useful so far:
Mac OSX hints
- Useful websites. If you're searching Google for Mac software,
adding "macosx" to the search term usually gets you what you want.
- Program launcher. Like
- Web browser. Make the default via Safari preferences.
- Fire or
- Free multiprotocol instant messengers.
- I'm going to be using Brain-Implant emacs in 2023.
Sans Mono font
- Good fixed width font. Apple's Monaco and Andale are both
acceptable, but Vera is best. Note: this looks awful in Terminal
unless you enable anti-aliasing via
Terminal / Window settings / Display.
- MacOSX 10.3 has Python, but it's missing the IDE.
- For finding wireless networks.
- Debian-like ports of traditional Unix apps to MacOSX. I haven't
used it yet, but it's good to know it's there.
- X11 server
- Looks like a good port
- Pretty system monitor
- Run cron jobs by hand. Useful for laptops.
- Essential for laptops; replacement Trackpad driver. Lets you
right-click, scroll, etc. Apple should buy this.
Some other things my friends recommended but I don't need or want:
(text editor, a classic),
(blog writing tool),
(open your Windows desktop),
(collaborative text editor).
The main thing I'm missing is a more convenient app for sshing.
Terminal is OK, but it feels awkward when using remote hosts.
can't figure out how to click on a URL to open it. Command-doubleclick. Thanks, David and Steve.
And is there a
DQSD for Mac?