[INDOLOGY] Linux in a virtual box on Mac (was: Fwd: New Sanskrit-Eng. dictionary...)

Lindquist, Steven slindqui at mail.smu.edu
Mon Mar 11 11:45:04 UTC 2013

I can't speak to the rest of the post (I've never used Linux and I don't work with South Indian scripts), but the OSX function that reopens programs/files on boot can be shut off in the preferences (though it shuts it off across everything; just uncheck 'restore windows...').


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From: Robert Zydenbos <zydenbos at uni-muenchen.de<mailto:zydenbos at uni-muenchen.de>>
Date: Monday, March 11, 2013 6:24 AM
To: Indology <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>>
Subject: [INDOLOGY] Linux in a virtual box on Mac (was: Fwd: New Sanskrit-Eng. dictionary...)

I have been using Linux within Parallels on my Macs for the past few
years, mainly because of the Mac's ease of use, esp. where peripherals
are concerned.

The one drawback I found with Mac is the still limited support (the Snow
Leopard system: I hate the Lion function that opens programs and files
on booting up) for Indian scripts in OpenType fonts (esp. the southern,
Dravidian scripts), which an Indologist of course would like to have --
so what I have been doing is preparing texts on the Mac with NeoOffice /
OpenOffice, with the not-really-so-nice results, and then making the
final PDFs in LibreOffice in Scientific Linux with Parallels, which look
really nice.

My experience with the various Linuxes is that Scientific Linux and
CentOS support Indian scripts well (also with iBus as input engine).
Both are available free of cost and are based on the Red Hat Enterprise
Edition, which is not free of cost. The last time I tried (about a year
ago), Ubuntu, SUSE and others had text input problems and simply
couldn't produce clear and good results, whether on screen or on paper.

So these are my tips for those among us who want to use Linux with South
Indian scripts. But I would be happy to be corrected if in the meantime
the other Linux versions (or newer Mac versions) have improved.


Dominik Wujastyk wrote:

For several years I've run GNU/Linux (Ubuntu) as my main OS, with WinXP
in VirtualBox in an Ubuntu desktop window, when I need
it.<http://wujastyk.net/pgp.html>  It's solid and I don't notice any
system speed degradation on my old T500 laptops (Centrino2) or my
desktop (don't know).   It's an excellent solution.


Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos
Institute of Indology and Tibetology
Department of Asian Studies
University of Munich
Tel. (+49-89-) 2180-5782
Fax (+49-89-) 2180-5827
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