Saturday, January 12, 2008

OSX look and feel on Linux

On one of Joel Spolsky's Blog posts, he had said that to build the configurability one needs, one has to build much more configurability than one needs. Being a software developer, I know how true this is. Building configurability needs calendar time and a lot of commitment. Building stable configurability - even more so. And that's why the configurability built in GNOME amazes me.

My desktop running Ubuntu (Gutsy) configured to look like Mac. A Windows installation is running on the open-source edition of VirtualBox. It takes effort and some narrow escapes from shark attacks, but at least it can be done.

Finally, here is a desktop equivalent of mera wala pink.

To be fair to VirtualBox, here's a screenshot of how seemlessly it runs (read "can run") Windows over Ubuntu. No pointer absences, no Ctrl+Alts, well blended Alt+Tab, Super+Tab - It works (can work) as if IE/Editplus/Other Windows apps were launched directly from Ubuntu's Applications menu.

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