installing a linux dist

Discussion in 'macOS' started by meursault, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. meursault macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2007
    hi all !!! once again i need your great help.

    using boot camp i have partitioned my macbook in two halfs: os x and wvista.

    now i want to install a linux distribution in os x's partition, that is Gentoo.

    how can i do it ? i have bought parallel desktop 3.0.

    what can i do with this piece of software concerning the installation of the


    is there a linux distribution which is more friendly to the mac os x ?

    and one final question: is it likely to see an imac update with a 3 GHz
    sometime this year ?

    Best regards,

    meursault !!!
  2. wightstraker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    I would only try to install Gentoo if you're a seasoned Linux user, otherwise prepare for hell.

    Assuming you have an Intel processor, I'd recommend Ubuntu or Kubuntu (depending on which desktop environment you prefer), as the grub bootloader will make switching between OS X and Linux very easy. They all so have immediate access to the excellent Debian repositories. If you're running a PPC (e.g. a G4), check out Yellow Dog Linux; it has better PPC support.

    I've had no experience with Linux running on Parallels; sorry I can't offer you advice on that point.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You are talking here about both Parallels and Boot Camp. Which is it you want?

    I found it was very easy to install Ubuntu inside a VMware virtual machine. Just put in the CD or point the virtual CD at the ISO image and the installer "just works". I have a 2.16Ghz iMac with 2GB RAM and it runs well

    However almost everything I run under Linux will also run native under Mac OSX. Both Linux and OS X are after all UNIX varients.

    3.0 Ghz clock speed will not do much. I doubt you'd notice even a 20% bost in clock speed. Mostly the CPU metr is not running at 100%. When it is less then 100% a faster CPU does nothing for you.

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