Just because you are on a Mac doesn't mean you can't run your Linux applications. Here's how you can bring penguin power to your Mac.
Every now and then I feel the need to spark up an application from my Linux machine and view it on my Mac laptop. The process is quite simple — I just always forget it and end up trawling through search results for it.
- X11 for Mac — this package provides an X server for the Mac, while not completely integrated into the desktop it's "good enough".
- 1 Linux box with an X server installed
Next we need to add an entry into the allowable X hosts on the Mac. The best way to do this is to start X11.app found in /Applications/Utilities, when the xterm appears type into it:
Now we can ssh from the mac into our Linux box with the -X flag that will set the DISPLAY variable in the ssh session :
xhost +[ip address of linux box]
Once you have successfully logged in, you can start X apps from the ssh session and they will appear on the Mac.
ssh -X [user]@[ip address of linux box]
Now next time xf86-input-evdev +dbus + hal-info makes your wireless mouse move only in the vertical direction, you can still use Evolution for your mail albeit from another machine.