Linux on Macbook without OS X

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jakaj, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. jakaj macrumors member

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    Hi,

    does anyone know how to install Linux to a Macbook, use rEFIt, and completely delete OS X?

    Do I still need a small (say 64mb) HFS+ partition to install rEFIt onto it?

    Jaka
     
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  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I thought that with the current firmware that allowed for booting of Windows, you could basically just boot into a Linux install disc and reformat the HD without having to mess with this? But I'm so not sure.
     
  4. jakaj thread starter macrumors member

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    ChrisG: Because of exactly the same reasons as I would want to on a PC. But Linux vs. OS X is not the subject of this thread.

    mkrishnan: Windows afaik don't support EFI booting, so you need BIOS emulation (bootcamp), which I don't really need for Linux, since linux supports direct EFI booting.

    Even with bootcamp, I don't know if BIOS emulation will still work if I delete the entire disk... :confused:
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Plenty of XP only installs out there, so I don't see why you think it wouldn't work.

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  6. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    The BIOS emulation is part of the firmware, which is not on your hard drive. BootCamp doesn't allow you to run Windows. It's only the Windows drivers + a disk partitioning tool.
     
  7. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    But then whats the point of getting a Mac? Why just not get a Dell?
     
  8. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to out on a limb and say that Apple hardware is a smidgeon more enticing to look at/carry-without-breaking-your-back than its Dell counterpart. ;)
     
  9. -::ubermann::- macrumors regular

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    i think you only boot from install disks of linux and erase everything, is refit actually useful for anything?
     
  10. jakaj thread starter macrumors member

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    a) the Macbook is quite cheap compared to other 13.3" and 12" laptops that I could find locally

    and

    b) as x86isslow said, the Macbook looks much nicer.

    Or do you think, that unless you use OS X, you don't have the right to a good-looking computer? :D

    -::ubermann::-:
    Well, if you use rEFIt with a kernel that knows that it's running on an EFI machine, you don't need the MBR/GPT syncing etc. It's the "proper" way of booting the OS.

    But I read there are other problems that come with it, so it might just not be worth it.

    Jaka
     

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