Can I install Linux on BootCamp and how?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by dimi94941, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. dimi94941 macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2010
    I already have Windows 7 via BootCamp on my MacBook Pro 2010, so now I have Lion, Win 7, so... can I install Linux OS?
  2. Tozzi macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Well, I haven't tried this, but I don't see why it shouldn't work.

    You'll have to create an additional bootable partition (don't forget to backup all existing ones first). Use Disk Utility (from the recovery partition) to shrink existing ones, then create that extra partition.

    Boot from your Linux installation disk, and make sure it has all the drivers needed to run on your Mac. A fairly recent Ubuntu distribution should work(?).

    It's got nothing to do with BootCamp. BootCamp basically provides the necessary drivers for Windows 7. Linux is not supported.
    Also, the Bootcamp Assistant Utility won't help you with this for the same reason.

    Good Luck!
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You can install linux over windows or you can create a 3 partition setup where you can book osx, windows or linux. Its a little more involved and I don't have the exact steps. If you search here or google, you'll find the the steps needed.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Create partition in disk utility. Insert install disk. Press and hold C on startup. Choose partition. Done.
  5. (marc) macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2010
    the woods
    Installing Linux on a Mac is really easy. I don't know how much distros like Ubuntu do for you, but on some more "bare bones" distros, such as Arch Linux, you'll need to do some extra work. I recommend reading the Arch Wiki entry about MacBooks.

    Most likely, there's also an installation guide for your distro.
  6. Tozzi macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Unfortunately you cannot just shrink your existing Lion Partition using Disk Utility in Recovery, because the Recovery Partition itself cannot be unmounted.
    One of these more annoying little "features" that come with 10.7.

    You'll have to burn the InstallESD image first, then boot from that one.

    I'm trying right now to do the same thing, and I will post step-by-step instructions once I'm done.
  7. random man5 macrumors newbie

    random man5

    Jul 22, 2008
  8. Tozzi macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Unfortunately, it's not that easy.
    In order to make the Linux partition bootable (i.e. recognized when holding the option key at restart) some additional steps are required, apparently.
  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    This is why I did a restore from Time Machine, it gets rid of the Recovery Partition. I resize often, like once or twice a month for whatever reason. I have the Recovery/Install on a USB stick for whenever I need it.
  10. durija macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008

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