First *complete* GNU/Linux distribution on Intel-based Macs up!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wahgnube, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. wahgnube macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2006
    Just a few short days after the mactel-linux project posted instructions on how to boot the Linux kernel (with screen shot) on Intel-based Macs, the good folks over at have modified a full-fledged Knoppix to work on the iMac Core duo. Check out the pretty picture of KDE!

    Now all the people on threads (including in this forum) that went "This isn't all that interesting, who wants to see the command line" can rest :). This is a good thing for everyone, because more choices and freedom is more power to all.
  2. osxbook macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2006
    Not that this really matters much, but just want to point out that unlike the original post suggests (apologies if that's not what was meant), we did not use the mactel-linux instructions to boot Linux. Before those instructions were posted, we had our own independent announcement (along with a mini bootable distribution) of "Linux Booting on the Intel iMac":

    Details of running Linux on an Intel-based Macintosh

    Anyway, for those who are interested: VMware works just fine too. It works really well, actually: we were pleasantly surprised with how well Windows XP runs under it.

  3. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2006
    Sorry about that. I wasn't sure, so I worded it rather nebulously, and it ended up as two statements with an implied inference. All I really wanted to say was, just a couple of days ago there were reports of booting (which for whatever reason was received more negatively---Why would anyone want Linux?!?! over Mac OS X?!?---than it was positively), and already there are people out there who've forged much further ahead.

    I guess I was hoping that'd kick-start some excitement (thinking it was the command line that put people off the last time). Apparently, not so.

    Maybe your "It runs windows, well, via vmware" will do the trick.
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Wow and did you see the screenshot of Windows under VM? The processor was finally recognised as itself rather than somthing from 10 years ago (with virtual pc)..
  5. jhu macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004

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