Question about installing Ubuntu on MBP, Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by M-B-P, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hey,

    I wanted to set up my MBP so that I can dual boot with Lion and Ubuntu. I've done so before with Windows 7 on a Mac. My question is do I have to create a separate partition for Ubuntu before installing the OS? B/c reading the instructions on the Ubuntu website, it says download the OS, burn onto a disk, put the disk in,restart, and proceed with the installation. It doesn't mention creating a separate partition as specified in the Apple bootcamp instructions for installing Windows.

    My concern is if I just put in the CD and restart my MBP, then proceed with the installation of Ubuntu as it says on their site (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download), will it replace my Mac Lion OS and delete my data?

    This may be a stupid question to ask, but take it easy as I'm not experienced with this. Please help me ASAP, b/c I have some free time today to play around with this. Also, I know that I can virtualize Ubuntu, but I want it to have its own separate partition as Windows has when installed via bootcamp.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    maflynn

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    If you don't want to over-write your OSX partition, then yes you'll want to have a separate partition for ubuntu.

    Here's their own suuport pages for the Mac, this may prove useful
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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