Mac OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.5 Just Released

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Mountain Lion 10.8.5 just released and available for download. All users with 10.8.4 are recommended to upgrade.

I just upgraded my macs without any issues. All apps work fine including my Time Machine setup using shared folder in Ubuntu. No additional setting needed.

Upgrade Netatalk

At last I have a chance to upgrade new updates of Netatalk 2.2.2 that already released two months ago.  The Time Machine and my shared folders work great with no issues. I use Ubuntu 11.04 and my Mac use latest version OSX Lion 10.7.3.

I see that new features are not really for Ubuntu, but there are some updates and bugs fixes that are useful to users. So it is recommended to upgrade for users who uses version 2.2.1.

This article is for you who already used Netatalk 2.2.1 and follow this post. If you are new to Netatalk, please follow the steps in that article. Read more of this post

Share DVD drive in Ubuntu 11.04 for Diskless Mac using Open SSH and Macfusion

Sharing folder is one of important features that you must have if you work with multiple computers in a network. In my home office I use Ubuntu 11.04 as my file server. I have Mac and Windows boxes in the network and I have common files that are used by many users like pictures, musics, etc.

If you use diskless Macs like Macbook Air or Mac Mini, of course you would need to use the DVD drive in other machine or buy external DVD drive. I have shared to you how to Setup Shared DVD in Ubuntu for Mac OSX Lion using AFP and netatalk. It works fine, but rather slow.

There is another solution we can use is using Open-SSH. I recently test using it. It works fast, faster than using netatalk. I think comparable with SMB file sharing. And the setup is simple.

This article tells you how to set it up. We will use a very useful tool Secured Shell (SSH) using openssh in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. This should also work in newer Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot or other version of Ubuntu. Let’s start how to do this.

Setup OpenSSH

Login to your Ubuntu PC. Open terminal, then type:

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

The command will use standard setting for ssh such as use standard port 22 for ssh, and use protocol 2. You can change the setting if you like, for example if you would restrict access based on IP for your ssh server. Or just skip you don’t change anything.

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Setup your DVD media

You need to tell ubuntu to auto mounting the DVD drive with generic mounted volume so we can set it as shared volume.

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Add the following line at the end of the file.

/dev/dvd /media/dvd auto user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

Setup Macfusion

To access the server from Mac, I use OSX Fuse and Macfusion, download both software. You need OSX Fuse to run Macfusion. Install OSX Fuse and then Macfusion. Make sure you install Compatibility Layer when installing OSX Fuse. Then follow the rest of installation instruction to complete the setup.

Open MacFusion click the “+” sign at the left bottom to add new device. Then select SSHFS option. Go to SSH tab. I name it DVD, fill the IP as your SSH server IP, User Name and Password as what you have defined at your server, and fill the Path as your share folder that you setup in Ubuntu server.

Ignore the SSH Advance tab if you use the default settings at your server. Go to the Macfusion tab,  leave the Mount Point as default and fill the Volume Name as you wish to be displayed in the mounted device at your Mac, I fill it “Remote Disc”. You can change the icon if you like.

To mount your new drive, just click mount. You will be ask to enter the password, key in the password and click the check box Save Password in Keychain.

Your mounted drive will be on your desktop. To access it from any application, enable the home folder at your favorites in the Finder preference setting. Open Finder – Preferences, click Sidebar tab, click the check box of your machine under Devices.

Once completed, open Finder, click your Mac machine under Devices at Sidebar. You will see mounted DVD is on the list.

Source:
Share my DVD drive with my Mac Mini over LAN
http://macfusionapp.org/

Connect to AFP Server Automatically

If you want to connect to server every time you logon, is very simple in Mac. We can utilize Apple Script to do the magic. In this tutorial is using example from my previous post, Share Folder in Ubuntu 11.04 for Mac OSX Lion, how to mount Time Machine disk in Ubuntu server.

Applescript is very useful and simple tool available in Mac OSX that can help us to do whatever we want.

Create the script

The logic for this task is first to check if the volume is exist, if not then the share server is not connected so tell Mac to connect to server. Second is add it to Login Items List to run it automatically.

Open the AppleScript Editor. From Finder open Applications - Utilities - AppleScript Editor. Then copy and paste the following code.

tell application "Finder"
if not (disk "TimeMachine" exists) then
mount volume "afp://username:password@192.168.1.10/TimeMachine"
end if
end tell

Change the username and password as whatever you have created in your server. You can also add more disks to the script for example mount share disk, DVD, etc. if you like.

Save it to whatever you want, for example connect_afp_server.

Testing

Let’s do the testing. Make sure you are not connected to the server. Disconnect it or unmount the disk from Finder if you are connected. Go back to AppleScript Editor, click Compile button. If you see no error then click Run button. You should see file: "TimeMachine" at the Result pane. Check from Finder to see if your mounted disk is there.

Run Automatically

To run it automatically we need to run the AppleScript every time you login. First we have to save the script as Application. From AppleScript Editor click Save As, Select File Format as Application. Click Save button.

Then add it to the Login Items List. Open System Preferences, click Users & Groups. Select the user or group that you usually use. Select the Login Items tab. Then click the + button to add the AppleScript. Find the script you just created. See the column Kind, make sure you select the one with Application kind.

One more test to check if the script works as what we want. Logout, then login again, wait a few seconds, we have to let Mac run the script and mounting the disk. If you see the Dock carefully you will see AppleScript icon popping up a second when the script is running. Then check from Finder if the TimeMachine disk is mounted.

That is it. Now your Time Machine Disk is automatically connected.

Back to the old time of Mac Classic

Remembering the good and the bad things in the old time always make me smile. This is exactly what I feel when trying an old style theme of Mac. I found an old Mac OS 8 “Classic” theme. You see the above screenshot: the window borders, tabs, fonts. The Mac OS 8 was firstly introduced by Apple in July 26, 1997.

It’s 14 years ago, wow! What did you look like 14 years ago?

I setup the “Classic” Mac OS theme on Ubuntu 11.04 with classic desktop (of course). I activate the global menu applet, adjust the panel, set the right font, and of course the wallpaper.

To make it feel more real, I also use the old Netscape theme on the Firefox internet browser. I am still looking for the icons, could not find one yet. But I already really feel the old time when using it.

Source:
Mac OS Classic Platinum 1.0 theme
Wikipedia, Mac OS 8

Setup Shared DVD in Ubuntu for Mac OSX Lion

For you who have diskless Macs like MacMini, or Macbook Air with OSX Lion loaded will obviously need to have access and use the external DVD drive. I have Ubuntu 11.04 and would like to use its DVD drive. It’s a bit tricky to do it in Ubuntu 11.04 box. This guide will help you how to solve the problem.

 

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OSX Lion Theme for Natty Narwhal

Mac OSX Lion Theme for Ubuntu

There is a new version of Elementary Lion Theme 1.1 by Dolsilwa. It is pretty close to what you see in real Mac OSX on the window — the red-yellow-green buttons. Unlike Leopard, in OSX Lion has smaller buttons more elegant buttons. The rest of OSX Lion are similar to Leopard. Another difference is the scroll bar which has a grey solid color rather than shiny blue in the older version.

I’d like to have combination of the two version. Download the theme provided above. Extract the file. You will see two versions one is for Classic Ubuntu, and the other is for Unity. Select the theme you like for Natty. I choose to use The Classic Ubuntu version.

To get as the picture above, I apply the theme and I change icon using Macbuntu theme. Read my previous post if you’d like to activate the Dock and Launcher. What do you think? Let me know if you like.