I’ve been using Macs all my computing life, and relied heavily on headless Linux boxes for most of my computing career (I must also admit to two stints as a Windows user, during internships at FAST Search&Transfer and SpaceX respectively). Besides a small Linux laptop, which I got as a failed experiment, I’ve never before used a Linux box as my main machine.
That all changed when I started my postdoc at Caltech and decided to become a full time (at work at least) Linux user. I chose Ubuntu as the distro. On Ubuntu here are a few tips to get the same experience as my favorite OS X software.
Note that many of the Ubuntu solutions are available on OS X as well; I had simply previously been partial to OS X only applications. In the early days these were often superior, now many are beginning to show their age, and I think that cross platform has its unique advantages particularly in working with and supporting colleagues in their quest for productivity.
|Edit text files||TextMate||Sublime|
|Organize Research papers||Papers.app||Mendeley|
|Resize windows on grid||SizeUp||CompizConfig Settings Manager|
|Site specific browser (standalone web apps)||Fluid||Google Chrome Shortcuts|
|Multiple desktops||Native||Unity tweak tool|
Applications like Spotify, Emacs, Chrome and Eclipse I used on both OS X and continue to use on Ubuntu. Are you a fellow user who switched from OS X to Ubuntu? What are your tips?