Linux on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mms, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. mms macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2003
    I'm posting this thread here because I'm not sure where else it would go.

    I'm a life time Mac user but now that I have a taste of OS X and Windows on my MBP, I want to try out Linux just to see what it's like. However, I've never installed Linux myself or used it extensively and so I'm thoroughly confused by all the different distros that are available. I'm looking for suggestions in terms of what kind of Linux is good for me to start out with. I don't plan to make it my primary OS nor do I plan to spend a lot of time in it but I do want to dabble in it. What I want is something that is free, relatively easy to install on a Mac, and pretty representative of all the different flavors of Linux that are out there. I am fairly comfortable in command line on Mac but I'd rather not have to deal with a bunch of messy command line prompts to install and use it. Any suggestions? Alternatively, is there a good website/forum that I can go to that is helpful and specific to Linux on Macs?
  2. brandon6684 Guest

    Dec 30, 2002
    There are two options.

    1. Look around the internet for instruction on how to triple boot your Mac with Linux and Windows, such as this

    2. Use Parallels or VMware to run Linux in a virtual machine.
  3. showtime macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2007
  4. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    linux is mac for poor windows people

    sorry but it's the truth
  5. mms thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2003
    Is Linux through Parallels going to be really slow?
    It sounds really awkward to have to go through that extra layer.
  6. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    Ubuntu LiveCD
    give you a good taste with out committing yourself to another install/partition.
  7. KurtangleTN macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Yeah this is the best option, I think the Ubunut install CDs are actually Livecds aswell, so ya save a CD :D

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