Linux on MBP


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 8, 2012
Hey- I am taking a Linux class this semester. I have to load Linux on a machine. For class I always use a early 2012 Model. I also have a late 2011 iMac. Would it be wise to load it on my mbp? I have an old laptop I can use, but it would be a lot easier for me to just install it on my mbp since I carry it with me every day. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.


macrumors 68030
Aug 8, 2009
You can do quite a lot of the linux stuff in OS X by default already (try Terminal or iTerm2 as Terminal replacement). Another useful thing would be virtualisation with either VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop or Oracle Virtualbox. You can run any Linux distro as a vm and use snapshots to restore it to a default state. Comes in handy when testing things and when you do something like a Linux course :)


macrumors 6502
Jun 13, 2009
+1 for Virtualbox - it's free & has always worked well for me.
I've run Ubuntu on it occasionally (on a 2009 13" MBP)