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

George Hart glhart at berkeley.edu
Mon Mar 11 14:14:00 UTC 2013

It's important to note that the Tamil implementation in Snow Leopard has some serious bugs.  These were fixed in Mountain Lion.  George Hart
On Mar 11, 2013, at 4:24 AM, Robert Zydenbos <zydenbos at UNI-MUENCHEN.DE> wrote:

> 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.
> Regards,
> Robert
> 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.
>> Best,
>> Dominik
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