Mac with bootcamp running llinux and windows xp

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rigelisonfire, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. rigelisonfire macrumors newbie

    rigelisonfire

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    I bought a new mac back in October thinking it was the ****... I was right. Best thing I ever did. The thing is now I am in school for CSIT and need to be able to use xp and linux on a regular basis. I am kind of a new user and need some real help with this one. I don't know how much space I should dedicate to windows and linux swaps. I have the last generation mac with 2.4GHz intel duo core, 2 gigs of ram, 160 hard drive. It is the second model up in the last line up. Can anyone give me some help. I plan on reformating then going from the ground up.
     
  2. és: macrumors 6502a

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    If you go through the bootcamp procedure and install windows, you should then be able to use disk utility to make a third partition with room to install linux.
     
  3. rigelisonfire thread starter macrumors newbie

    rigelisonfire

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    do you think i could do that from a external hard drive? It would be nice as I only have a 160 Gb. I am from Canada so I went to future shop and talked with their apple person and she told me to run for my personal computer that I should run Mac OSX Server as my native operating system. Which I could easily torrent and make work but do i really need that? I am going into networking. 160 Gb just don't cut it any more. I really wish i could upgrade this. Don't want to have to back to that dreaded PC...
     
  4. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    it sounds like for your needs a macbook wont cut it. a macbook pro or mac pro is more suited for what you need
     
  5. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    The computer you have is absolutely fine for that you need, hey ive had 7 Operating Systems on a Mac Mini!

    Do what the last poster said "If you go through the bootcamp procedure and install windows, you should then be able to use disk utility to make a third partition with room to install linux."

    Yes you can do it from an external drive, no problem :)

    Good Luck!
     
  6. rigelisonfire thread starter macrumors newbie

    rigelisonfire

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    I think that is what I am going to do for windows so that it runs in a native form. As for the linux i am probally going to run a vitural PC.
     

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