Running Ubuntu on Virtual Box or Bootcamp?

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  1. macuser1232, May 27, 2012
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    macuser1232 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys right now I'm running Ubuntu through Virtual Box on my macbook pro i5 8gb of ram and i am thoroughly enjoying it. But, I was wondering which one is better to run linux on. I'm not sure if I should quit Virtual Box and go ahead and run it on Bootcamp. Also, I have a total of 320gb of hard drive memory and I have used 200 for OSX. Will my remaining 100gb of memory be enough to run Ubuntu on bootcamp?
     
  2. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    I'm a fan of vmware but honestly they all do the same thing.

    I'm not sure on macs but for a lot of PC"s virtualization technology is turned off in the BIOS/UEFI by default. Some thing to check I guess?

     
  3. Xcallibur macrumors 6502a

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    100GB is plenty for running Ubuntu natively, I've installed it on a 20GB partition! The only issue you have is the incorrect icon displayed on the bootloader, however the increase in graphics performance will be noticeable if you run Ubuntu natively! Nothing wrong with keeping it in VirtualBox though.
     
  4. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What if I want to run minecraft or a server(I've heard that linux is amazing with server hosting). Then should I use bootcamp?
     
  5. Xcallibur macrumors 6502a

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    If you can imagine yourself running a dedicated server and want its performance the best it can be then yes a bootcamped linux partition would be better, namely due to the larger amounts of RAM and CPU resources available, but if you don't need the best performance available then you will be fine running Ubuntu through VirtualBox!
     
  6. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, in that case you should use Boot Camp. However, I wouldn't really recommend running a Minecraft server off of your MacBook Pro. You can and it'll run fine with a few users on it. But, if you ever get more than around five users on at one time your Mac will be pretty bogged down. Desktop PCs are typically the best thing to run Minecraft servers on.
     
  7. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh ok thanks! I'll remember that. I'm planning on getting a new desktop pc soon, unfortunately not a mac :(.
     
  8. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well my prediction was right! I just got a new desktop pc. Nothing fancy at all, just a reasonable dell that will replace my old desktop that kept freezing. It's always good to have one windows computer:)
     
  9. Xcallibur macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing wrong with Windows PC's! Some people on here go overboard on the supposed 'light and day' differences between Windows and Mac!
     

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