Linux/OS X Dual boot

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Ilikemacs, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. Ilikemacs macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2004
    I really don't know anything about Linux except that I've got a little urge to try it because.. why not? There is some sort of tech thing at my College where you can have Linux proponents install it on your computer. I am working on a powerbook 15" 1.5Ghz, 1GB ram, blah blah blah panther, blah. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations about running a dual boot panther/linux environment.
  2. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    New Jersey USA
    Without reformatting your drive and making it two partitions, the best bet you have is buy an external firewire drive. Instal Linux via the external and you can use the OS X utility to choose your boot mode.
    I have Linux on an external Firewire, but i rarely use it. Its more for fun or testing simple apps that I do not need OS X GUI for.

  3. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    you can do it. note - not all linux distros have a ppc version.
    my personal favorites for ppc are gentoo and crux. they might be a little challenging for someone new to linux though.
    debian and mandrake both have ppc versions though :)

    good luck. just follow the directions and it'll be simple.

    it might just be easier to get a $200 throwaway PC and use that instead.
  4. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Yellow Dog Linux is worth a try too.

    Much like a Red Hat Linux on your Mac, really. OpenOffice os pre-installed, choice of two GUI's and fun (with a nice boot-loader too :) )

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