Linux on imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SuperMiguel, May 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I have a 27" iMac i7 cpu blach blah... I want to run linux on it natively (not virtual machine).. Whats the best way to acomplish this??

    I done on the pass with i rEFIT but not sure if that still the best way around...

    Also there was some cooling issues when i installed it are these issues fix?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Here's a link,

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Intel_iMac

    Install cairo-doc and hide the unity launcher once it's installed. If you squint hard enough that light barely makes it in between your eyelids, it will look like a mac.

    Linux is a neat OS and extremely flexible if you have a heavily customized workflow.
     
  3. macrumors 603

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    AFAIk, you can simply install Linux via BootCamp, the same way you would install Windows.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ummm
     
  5. macrumors 603

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    A little bit more elaborate comment would be helpful :D
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    dont i need refit?
     
  7. macrumors 603

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    I wrote: as far as I know, it should work with bootcamp - i remember reading that soem people had success with it. Honestly, I don't see why it wouldn't - bootcamp emulates BIOS and linux will install on BIAS-based computers. I have not tried it myself. Another bootloader would be required if you want to tripple-boot OS X, linux and windows, as bootcamp does not allow that.

    Why don't you just try it out?
     
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    Giuly

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    1) Launchpad -> Utilities -> Terminal
    2) MacPorts
    3) Tell yourself that it's Gentoo, if you do it often enough and in a sufficient forceful manner, it will be Gentoo and you have successfully created your own little 'reality distortion field'.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    talmy

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    I can't speak for the OP, but I run Linux on two of my Macs for Linux software development. I use virtual machines (under VirtualBox) and don't boot directly into Linux.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    I wonder because isnt one of the great things about Apple is that they make the hardware and the software so the work perfectly? I thought you might have just built a pc and run Linux on that :)
     
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    theSeb

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    Why bother with another computer when you can have one running all of the operating systems?
     
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    Interesting...

    The iMac already has X-Windows and Unix...why Linux? Just curious.

    I run Linux and FreeBSD on old PC boxes. Amazing speed.

    Peace.
     
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    talmy

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    UNIX != LINUX. While close, there are APIs that are different, so I can't just write for X-Windows under OS X and have it expect to work in a Linux environment.

    I used to do that as well, but VMs are so much more convenient. And Linux runs faster as a VM in a modern workstation than the old PCs and new Intel Atom boxes we use. At work I've got a Windows machine (HP workstation) and run Linux in a VM on that as well. In fact several people in my work group has ditched their separate Linux boxes to use virtual machines. As a bonus I copy the VM image between the Windows box and my Mac as it works identically on both. (I've even run the VM image virtualized on a Linux box.)
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    In my case, I take care of an Imac for my parents. It's a few years old and cannot upgrade to the latest browsers without paying for a new OS.

    Solution? Linux. I just have to find the right distro. I don't know how old the Imac is but it's maybe a 21" wide screen. It's at least 6 years old.
     
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    RedCroissant

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    I'm running XP, Ubuntu, and Mint in VirtualBox and I love it. I don't need any of the OSes for work or anything; I just like playing around with stuff and learnign and messing with terminal.

    I, however, am running those on an external HDD that's bootable into OS X where I then run VB. It's not as fast as I would like it to be over a usb connection from a HDD docking station, but it is better than I expected.
     

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