Linux on a mac

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  1. hitman45400 macrumors regular

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    So, this should be the right place to post this..but i partitioned my harddrive in the hopes to install ubunto.
    First off, i downloaded the ISO off of the website, can i put on a flash drive and put it on the partition?
    Second, how do i get to the partition section of the drive? or can i just run it through boot camp?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    dont use bootcamp as the sole reason for bootcamp is to get windows to work with efi

    just make a new partition and then install it there

    then hold the option key on startup to select boot disk
     
  3. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    once i am in the boot disk, how i install linux? and do i put everything from ubuntu on the flash, or just the iso?
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you will want to boot from the iso

    so either burn the iso as a bootable cd or use a flash drive and boot off that
     
  5. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    will i be able to install the ISO from the flash or will i have to boot from it everytime?
     
  6. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have VMWare Fusion installed? You can install it with that directly from the ISO, I've been playing around with a few different Linux distributions via Fusion. There is a free application called Virtual Box from Sun, not as polished as Fusion but it is free.
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Once you burn it to disc, then install it onto the new partition, you will not need the disc anymore.

    You should not put it on a flash drive.
     
  8. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    alright so i hit option in startup, but it only showed my main hdd..?
    i need a walkthrough..
    agh ><
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Burn the .iso with Disk Utility

    I installed my copy of Ubuntu through VMware Fusion and it was flawless

    You should be able to boot from the CD/DVD you burned the .iso to... and follow the install directions (but I didn't do it that way, so I am not sure).

    Honestly... Fusion was so easy to install Ubuntu I was sort of disappointed that I didn't have to do anything

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  10. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where do i get fusion?
     
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  12. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    VMware Fusion

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  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    dont get fusion as you have to pay for it

    get this instead
    http://www.virtualbox.org/

    its free and will work for your purposes. also easy to use
     
  14. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I hope you know these pieces of software do not install Ubuntu on a partition. It's virtualization. If that's what you want go for it.

    Anyway, use rEFIt if you want OS X, Linux and Windows to play nice on your Mac. http://refit.sourceforge.net/
     
  15. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    so, i downloaded and installed the program, and the partion inspector showed me this;
    *** Report for internal hard disk ***

    Current GPT partition table:
    # Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT)
    2 409640 358740359 Mac OS X HFS+
    3 359002504 390459783 Mac OS X HFS+

    Current MBR partition table:
    # A Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 1 390721967 ee EFI Protective

    MBR contents:
    Boot Code: None

    Partition at LBA 40:
    Boot Code: None (Non-system disk message)
    File System: FAT32
    Listed in GPT as partition 1, type EFI System (FAT)

    Partition at LBA 409640:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 2, type Mac OS X HFS+

    Partition at LBA 359002504:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 3, type Mac OS X HFS+



    what does this mean?
    and from here, how do i install my copy of linux onto it?
     
  16. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    so, i downloaded and installed the program, and the partion inspector showed me this;
    *** Report for internal hard disk ***

    Current GPT partition table:
    # Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT)
    2 409640 358740359 Mac OS X HFS+
    3 359002504 390459783 Mac OS X HFS+

    Current MBR partition table:
    # A Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 1 390721967 ee EFI Protective

    MBR contents:
    Boot Code: None

    Partition at LBA 40:
    Boot Code: None (Non-system disk message)
    File System: FAT32
    Listed in GPT as partition 1, type EFI System (FAT)

    Partition at LBA 409640:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 2, type Mac OS X HFS+

    Partition at LBA 359002504:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 3, type Mac OS X HFS+



    what does this mean?
    and from here, how do i install my copy of linux onto it?
     
  17. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    What I did to install ubuntu was I created a partition with disk utility and then immediately deleted it, leaving unallocated free space. When I got into the ubuntu installer i told it to install on "largest section of free space" or something like that. It created partition for me and also created a partition for swap as well. Then I installed refit on OSX to be able to boot from it. This has worked fine for me so far. One thing about linux that you should be careful about though is not all features work right after install. On my uMB it took a decent amount of work to get the multitouch trackpad, internal speakers, and bluetooth working. And I am also still in the process of getting the correct driver so my graphics card will work properly and I can enable desktop effects.

    My method for install might not be the best but it was what worked for me.
     
  18. Steve-M macrumors regular

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    If you are new to Ubuntu, or linux in general, I would suggest installing VirtualBox and and running Ubuntu virtually. Ubuntu runs great in VirtualBox, and it would be a good way for you to see if Ubuntu is what you need it to be, with out dual booting your system. Additionally, if you should decide to try another linux distribution later on, you can run it virtually as well.
     
  19. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Use the live CD? Format with EXT3 or 4. Be sure to remember the correct partition number. :) If you want a visual guide I know there are a few YouTube videos that instruct step by step. Go look 'em up.
     
  20. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    this is really getting annoying..
    what about trying to install windows 7? will i be able to get it through boot camp easier? and when they are done with the trial, as long as i didn't update it, could it still be used?
     
  21. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yes, you can install Windows 7 RC through Boot Camp

    No, you cannot continue to use it after the release
    It is set to start regular shutdowns next Spring I think and will stop operating soon after

    You will have purchase a retail version and do a clean install after that

    Did you ever get Ubuntu working?
    The VirtualBox solution should work flawlessly for you


    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     

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