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I mainly use gVim, terminal and Firefox. Currently I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed on my Mac, but I am wondering if I should install Mac OS X 10.6, as I just found my original disk. Would I gain anything by moving to OS X? Would I lose any of the functionality for the tools I mentioned? How does OS X's terminal compare to Ubuntu's? Is there a tool which is fully compatbile with gVim?

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you wiped out your macos to use gvim, firefox and a terminal? :=) –  akira Oct 24 '10 at 7:16
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why did you buy a mac if it is not to run MacOSX ? –  Louis Oct 24 '10 at 8:13
    
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Louis, superior hardware, battery, visual appeal. –  mattcodes Oct 24 '10 at 14:27
    
@mattcodes: the hardware at the same machine is the same, no matter what OS you run. –  akira Oct 24 '10 at 17:18

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You can install OS X and then use Bootcamp to dual-install Ubuntu. You can then switch between the two as you like.

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dualbooting is such a pita and should be avoided. running some apps (mostly games) under the native os is ok, but linux/bsd runs just fine under any virtual machine. –  akira Oct 24 '10 at 8:53
    
@akira, depends on what you need. There is insufficient data to say for sure that the OP's needs are 100% identical to yours. –  Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Oct 24 '10 at 16:28

you will use macvim, firefox binaries and most likely iterm.

you will have the same toolset as you have in linux plus the ability to write stuff for iphone/ipod/ipad. you will lose the ability to put write your own kernel module. you will gain a system you do not have to take care about a lot. you will lose a system which you can fine tune to infinity and learn new things / waste a lot of time (point of view). you will gain carefree backup (timemachine), you will lose fiddling around with btrfs snapshots. you will gain steam, you will gain macports and you will lose apt-get.

i, personally, would use mac osx. as soon as i would hit a wall with what mac osx provides i would install a virtual machine and put there the linux / unix i would need to do the devel stuff. i do not expect that wall to occur very soon.

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Is MacVIM fully compatible? –  macuser Oct 24 '10 at 7:26
    
yes, otherwise the whole project would be pointless. –  akira Oct 24 '10 at 7:27

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