Linux on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by FongMan, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. FongMan macrumors regular

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    Has any of you ever installed Linux on your Mac? I don't know anything about Linux really but why what's the point for installing it on a Mac? Would it affect any of your files or are there any precautions? I guess this is a rather strange thread but i'm just curious :confused:
     
  2. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502

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    I have installed Yellow Dog Linux on a PowerBook G4 667MHz, back in 2001. It sucked, the OS could not correctly display over 16 colors. :rolleyes:

    Really no reason to install Linux on a Mac because there is X11 and you can run all the Open Source applications within OS-X.
     
  3. whocares macrumors 65816

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    Installed Debian on a 333 G3 iMac "for fun". Couldn't get it to bloody network. Don't waste your time, use OS X. ;)
     
  4. fradac macrumors regular

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    i use the Live CD from Ubuntu all the time on my apple, whenever i need.

    and the good thing about a LiveCD is that i dont have to install it on my powerbook, i just boot from the CD when i need to goto linux
     
  5. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    I sometimes use ubuntu on my PB. If you REALLY like to customise your computer it's very useful. The main thing I use it for is multiple desktops.

    If you're considering installing it on your Mac, do what I did and make a live CD of all the distros your considering and try them out before you take the plunge and install them. On the Debian website there's a few pages about installing Debian on a PB and getting everything to work, which would also be useful for people installing Linux on other Macs.

    It is possible that you'll have to backup and do a clean install of OSX to get the partitions you want, but not always.
     
  6. captainbeefheat macrumors regular

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    I guess if you wanted high quality hardware but the ethics of free/open source?
     
  7. radiantm3 macrumors 65816

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    You can do that with quite a few apps on OS X. Not really a good reason to use Linux IMO.
     
  8. FongMan thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I cannot sacrifice my Mac for Linxu. So, I chose Compaq notebook PC (see my sig). I have such an attachment to my Macintosh and I cannot let it go to Linux. On the other hand, I can make my PC go to Linux, except for my tablet PC.
     
  10. bookofjames macrumors newbie

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    yes, I agree. Search on Versiontracker for "Desktop Manager"
     

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