MacOs-Linux, an operating system based on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) that imitates Mac OS X as closely as possible, is now available for download.
After the downfall of Pear OS, which was the number one Linux distribution that was taking the Mac OS X imitation almost to perfection, no other operating system tried to do the same. It's not all that difficult to imitate some of the features that you can find in Mac OS X, but copying the entire desktop down to the last feature is a lot harder.
There are many Linux users who love the way Mac OS X looks, and the proof of that fact is that Pear OS 8 is still being downloaded by a lot of people months after its demise. Many users assumed that it had something to do with Apple, which didn't look too kindly towards an operating system that was trying too hard to imitates its products.
Now, another developer has put together a distribution that tries to do the same thing: copy the way the interface of Mac OS X looks and acts. To make things even more interesting, the developer is not even hiding that fact behind a fake name. The new Linux distro is called MacOs-Linux, which is a dead giveaway.
Granted, there are some weird things about it. For one, the base system used for MacOs-Linux 11.04 is Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), a Linux distribution that was launched back in April 2011 and that reached end of life some time ago. It's no longer used, so the choice is a little bizarre.
It's very likely that the developer had some packages present in that particular version of Ubuntu that he needed in order to make things work, but that remains to be seen.
As you can see from the screenshots, the developer did a really good job with the desktop environment, which is not only a dock with some icons. The same font is being used, and the functionality has been copied as much as possible. The distribution uses a clever app called MacOS Linux Manager for some of the features and a modified file manager from the elementary project.
The system looks to be pretty stable, but the lack of updates from the official repository and the fact that this is just the first release makes it hard to recommend. It's worth testing though and it's actually quite fun.
You can download MacOs-Linux 11.04 right now from Softpedia.
UPDATE: The project has bee terminated by the developer. Read more about it in our report.