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Jun 28, 2020 There are plenty of reasons for having Ubuntu run on a Mac, including the ability to broaden your technology chops, learn about a different OS, and run one or more OS-specific apps. You may be a Linux developer and realize that the Mac is the best platform to use, or you may simply want to try out Ubuntu. Oct 17, 2017 See how well Ubuntu Linux runs on your Mac. You needn't throw out the baby with the bathwater and wipe your old Mac's hard drive clean before trying it out. All you need is a USB drive of a least 2GB in size and an internet connection to get started. Here's how to do it. Get your USB drive ready. Backup your Mac. Launch Disk Utility.

  1. Apr 08, 2019 Now, there are many different Linux GUIs, and the ones that come with Mint are every bit the equal of Windows' Explorer interface or the Mac's Finder. Although Linux is considerably more secure.
  2. Feb 11, 2019 This page has instructions on installing Linux Mint on your Mac for the first time to use with Parallels Desktop. Obtain Linux Mint installation.ISO image file. The easiest way to obtain Linux Mint installation source is to download an installation.ISO image from either the official Linux Mint web page.
Reviving a 2008 Mac Pro with Linux Mint

“Sleek, modern, innovative” are not words I would’ve normally used to characterize Linux, but after installing and using Linux Mint on my venerable 2008 Mac Pro this afternoon, my first impressions are just that. First, some back story. I have a custom built PC that my 11 year old daughter has been using for her school work. It started to behave oddly and refused to update to the latest version via Windows Update. I fought with the PC a few times, trying unsuccessfully to apply the latest Windows updates to patch the machine. In the end, Microsoft’s own troubleshooting steps ultimately bricked my PC. Several attempts over multiple weeks resulted in no forward progress, so out of frustration, I unplugged the PC and brought the Mac Pro back – with the intent of using the Mac as a Linux machine, to be used primarily by my daughter for both academics and play. (She has data on the PC, so wiping it clean with a fresh Linux installation wasn’t an option.)

In the past, I have played around with Ubuntu, but it really wasn’t my cup of tea. I found it to be limiting and frustrating to use. Based on favorable feedback from my Linux friends, I opted to give the OS another chance – this time by installing Linux Mint version 19.2. I was most impressed with Linux Mint’s very modest system requirements. As long as you have an x86 machine with 1GB RAM, 15GB of disk space, and 1024×768 resolution – you should be able to install the OS.

Since the Mac Pro was not bootable, I used my Mac mini to download the latest Linux Mint ISO. One can’t simply copy an ISO onto a flash drive and expect it to boot. That’s where balenaEtcher comes in. Using this program in conjunction with a blank USB stick, I was able to convert the ISO to a bootable copy of Linux Mint.

Like many Mac apps, balenaEtcher looks good and is very easy to use. First, select the image you’d like to flash, then the drive you’d like to copy the image to, and finally – hit the Flash button. Flashing a USB drive from the ISO took about 10 minutes or so, and includes validation to insure data integrity.

With a bootable USB drive plugged into the Mac Pro, I booted into Linux Mint and selected the “erase and install” option. As a long time Mac user, I have to say that the entire experience of installing and setting up Linux Mint was very easy and, dare I say, Mac-like. Linux Mint gives users three choices for UI: Cinnamon, MATE, or Xfce. I opted for Cinnamon, which is slick, modern and unified. Unlike the Mac, the Linux Mint UI is fully themeable – though I must admit the default theme is very nice.

From a fresh install of Linux Mint, peripherals such as my gaming mouse, Apple keyboard and Brother Laser printer automatically worked. Even more surprising was the fact that my Wacom Intuos tablet worked, with no driver installation needed. Linux Mint is ready to use after installing it, with a slew of built-in apps already pre-installed. Finding and installing new apps was also very easy, thanks to the Software Manager. I downloaded LibreOffice (an open source equivalent to Microsoft Office), Krita (a drawing / painting app) and a screenshot app, all of which were free.

I did not expect to be impressed with Linux Mint, but I am. For daily computing tasks like surfing the web, writing papers, or even drawing (thanks to Krita) – it’s a perfectly viable choice for many people. Exchanging files between Mac and Linux was also a breeze, with no voodoo required. Not only does Linux Mint run fast and look good, but it finally gives my old Mac Pro hardware a current, supported operating system that my daughter and I can use for several more years.


It’s been a week I am using the new Linux Mint 19 on my laptop. So far, I am very satisfied with the performance of my Linux Mint 19 laptop. It is very fast, lightweight and also very beautiful. Overall I love the Cinnamon desktop even I do not like the Application menu. I prefer the Gnome style for the application menu. Also, I don’t like the default Linux Mint 19 theme and icon theme. It is not bad, it’s just not my style. I always use the Mac OS X theme on almost every Linux distribution I use. So, this article will be about how to make Linux Mint 19 looks like Mac OS X Mojave. before we go through the installation and modification, here are some screenshots of my Linux Mint 19 with Mac OS X theme.

If you like Mac OS X Mojave theme, you may follow my guide below to make your Linux Mint 19 looks like Mac OS X Mojave. There are some steps that requires typing some commands on Terminal. But even if you are new to Linux Mint, you should be able to follow my guide. This guide has been modified from the original and most popular MacBuntu 18.04 Transformation Pack by Noobslab Team. They provide a complete, almost perfect Mac OS X style for Ubuntu and derivatives. You should check their website.

If you like the dark version, it is also available.

Steps to make Linux Mint 19 Looks Like Mac OS X Mojave

Step 1. Install the Mac OS GTK3 Theme and Icon Theme

The easiest way to install the Mac OS X Theme and Icon Theme is by using the PPA provided by Nooblabs team. Open Terminal and then execute this command to install the required theme

The command will install the macbuntu icon theme and gtk3 theme. Once the installation completes, open System Settings and then go to Themes. Now change the Window borders, Icons, Control, Mouse Pointer and Desktop with the Macbuntu. There are several macbuntu theme versions. You are free to try and select which the best for you.

At this point, your window border now should looks like Mac OS X. But to make it even better, continue with the following steps

Step 2. Install Plank and Theme

Plank is a Mac style dock that usually appear at the bottom of the screen. Before we install this dock, we better move the default Linux Mint panel to the top. Watch the following animated picture to see how to move the panel. Click the image to see the full size.

Now let’s install plank

Now run Plank from the application menu. Now you should have Plank dock on your screen.

Change Plank Theme

Now, let’s install the Plank theme so it looks like the Mac OS X.

Now let’s change the Plank theme. Execute this command on Terminal to open the Plank’s preferences

Download Mac OS X Wallpaper

To make it more Mac OS X look alike, you can download the Mac OS X Wallpaper from this link. There are some great wallpaper in 5K that will make your Linux Mint looks like Mac OS X Mojave. As you can see, it’s better now.

Change the Linux Mint Custom Menu

On the picture above, you still can see the Linux Mint menu at the top left corner. Let’s change it to Mac icon. You can download the .PNG file from this link. And then right click the Menu at the top left corner and select Configure.

Install Mac Fonts

To install the Mac style fonts, use the following command to download and install the Mac fonts. These are not the official Mac fonts but at least it looks pretty similar.

Now let’s apply our new fonts. Open System Settings and click Fonts. Change the system fonts as you like. Here is my settings.

Install Slingscold Application Launcher

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Slingscold is a Mac style application launcher. It is a full screen launcher that will change the way you access or open your installed applications. Here is the Slingscold in action. Pretty cool right?

To install the Slingscold, use the following command:


Now, this is a tricky part. To add Slingscold shortcut/icon to the Plank dock, you will need to manually drag and drop the Slingscold icon from the /usr/share/applications folder. See how I do it below

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That’s it. I am pretty satisfied with the result I get here. My Linux Mint 19 now looks like Mac OS X Mojave. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty good. Thank you for reading, share the article if you like it and keep support us.