How to migrate from Ubuntu Linux to macOS

I am JAVA developer, I use NetBeans IDE, subversion, git, maven, Tomcat, Virtual Box, and many other tools on Ubuntu Linux for many years.  My employer bought me a new MacBook PRO 2016 and this is my guide, how I migrate my computer to macOS. I will update this article at the time, so how will I discover new features.




image description Ubuntu macOS
Simple calendar in menu bar included in OS Itsycal  
Management of SSH tunnels Gnome SSH Tunnel Manager SSH Tunnel Manager
Microsoft remote desktop Remmina, rdesktop, … Microsoft Remote Desktop
FTP, SFTP, WebDav, … Nautilus (included in OS) Cyberduck


Tips and workarounds


Disable built-in trackpad when mouse is connected

  1. Open “System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad”
  2.  Check the box labeled “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present”

Kill application

If you want to kill an application what doesn’t response you can do so

  1. Press “OPTION ⌘ ESC” keys
  2. Select application what you want to kill
  3. Press “Force Quit” button

Sort icons in a menu bar

You can change order of icon in the menu bar

  1. Press “⌘” key
  2. Drag and drop icon in the menu bar

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How to take a screenshot

MacBooks doesn’t have a “Prt Scr” key.

  • For capturing screen: press “⇧ ⌘ 3”
  • For capturing window: press “⇧ ⌘ 4” and select window by mouse



Move file/folder to an another place

I don’t know why, but Finder in macOS has disabled Cut command in Edit menu. You cannot move files or folders by “⌘ X”. But you can do a workaround.

  1. Select files/folders in source folder
  2. Press “⌘ C” (copy)
  3. Go to destination folder
  4. Press “OPTION ⌘ V”
  5.  Files/folders will be moved to the destination folder

How to Change View Options for ALL Finder Windows

Finder stores information about each folder view in “.DS_Store” file. If we want to set one view for all folders, we have to delete all “.DS_Store” files on disk.

  1. Close all finder windows
  2. Run command in terminal
    find ~/ -type f -name ".DS_Store" -exec rm -rf {} \;

Command deletes all “.DS_Store” files in your home folder (e.g. /Users/johndove). 

We can set the default view now.

  1. Open finder
  2. Set view as you want
    Select one of the four view icons in the Finder window toolbar, or select the Finder view type you want from the Finder’s View menu.
  3. Choose “Show View Options” from the Finder’s View menu.
  4. In the View Options dialog box that opens, set any parameters you wish for the selected view type, then click the Use as Defaults button near the bottom of the dialog box.


Sorting Applications

You can sort applications in Launchpad only by hands. This workaround sorts your applications in Launchpad alphabetically.
Note:1st page is reserved for Apple applications only

  1. Run Terminal application
  2. Copy and paste this command
    defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock


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