Linux on Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cube, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    What is the status of BOTH SuSE and RedHat on Mac Pro?

  2. brooker macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2007
    I'm also trying to decide between flavors for linux installations...

    Anyone have any experiences to share? It seems Ubuntu is popular here, but i'm interested in hearing about commercial grade installations (like SuSE, Red Hat, Fedora), presumably like the OP...
  3. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I use and like Fedora, mainly because at work we use Red Hat servers and the two are pretty close, so I know my code will most likely run without any modifications. Overall, there's not a lot of difference in the more up-to-date Linuxes. I prefer Fedora's package management (yum) over eg. apt-get, but that's really because I'm used to yum.

    The best thing to do is try out some distros. A lot of them have live CDs, or you can do a full install in a VM using either VMWare Fusion's public beta or Parallels trial, if you don't already own Parallels. I found that Fusion supports a wider range of *nix installs - for instance I couldn't get Ubuntu 7 or Solaris 10 installed in Parallels, but Fusion worked fine (other people haven't had any problems with Solaris on Parallels)
  4. TheBrazilianGuy macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2006
    I can not vouch for SUSE but I installed Fedora 6 at our Mac Pro
    Quad Core without headaches.

    It has been ruinng 24/7 since then.

    Good luck !
  5. cube thread starter macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    SuSE and RedHat Server Enterprise whatever are requirements and should be fully supported by the vendors.
  6. brooker macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2007
    Somebody on this page:


    It doesn't seem that many people in this forum run linux...
  7. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    My buddy in work runs Red Hat on his Macbook, I wouldn't expect the Mac Pro to be much harder. He had it running by itself and now has it running under parallels.
  8. NewbieNerd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Linux via VMWare is waaay better than via Parallels, IMHO, particularly the automatic resolution change (whether in a window or full screen) and the graphics/mouse support. Oh yeah, and it's free for now. :)
  9. Pawstar macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2004
    Could you please elaborate on your installation experience? Did it go smoothly like on a normal pc or where there any hiccups? Also, you say quad-core, do you mean quad-core cpu or as in total number of processing cores in the machine? Thanks! :)
  10. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    I need Debian on here, but I couldn't get it too install.

    Oh well, that's what I have my PC for. :(
  11. andy-ch macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Beeze Shehu Makom Baolam
    actually you can use bootcamp too for installing linux over macpro.

    after you installed bootcamp, press ALT/OPTION at the time before boot (before you heard apple sound) and then you'll see the option which os you want to boot (of course you have online 1 os (macos-x itself) insert your linux installation cd/dvd, and you'll see option to boot your linux cd/dvd and select that linux cd/dvd installation, and installing like normally on pc ;)
  12. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Tried it. The installer doesn't see my optical drives.

    I will try the "testing" installer later tonight, but I doubt it will work. :(
  13. waremaster macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2006
    I for the first time since I bought my Mac Pro was able to boot a live distribution of Ubunto Feisty 7.04 and was quite happy to see everything appeared to be supported.

    I have not done an install yet but from what I could see in system information all devices were recognized and working.
  14. ironring2006 macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Anybody got SuSe or Red Hat up and running on an Octo core yet? If so, are you able to get full multi-processing capability out of it? Does the OS properly see all 8 cores? My guess is that a Linux distro will handle the additional processing cores more gracefully than Tiger (this may change with Leopard), since Linux has been used a lot more for clustering/multiprocessor type stuff already.

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