Recommend me a Linux distro for my MBP that I can use for troubeshooting

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LoneWolf121188, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I want to install a Linux distro on my USB stick (8GB, so size is not an issue) that I can use in an emergency troubleshooting situation. I don't have a long requirements list, I just need it to be able to read HFS, NTFS, and FAT32 and work well on both PCs and Macs. If it includes some good toubleshooting tools (HDD scanner, for example) I've looked at Ubuntu a bit, but it looks too productivity-oriented and not technical enough. Maybe Debian or FreeBSD?
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You may want to ask this question at a Linux forum instead. You will probably get a more-informed answer there.
  3. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    Do you have any experience with Linux? You can custom build a distro with all the tools you need. Most of the tutorials you will find will guide you through this from Linux though. If you look around for a Live Rescue Disk this will probably suit your purpose best. Make sure you get one where the kernel has the HFS, FAT and NTFS modules available or compiled in.

    A bit of googling will probably help you find what you need; its a very common request.

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