Running Windows and Linux on 2.53ghz?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by w...b, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. w...b macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2008
    so i want to learn about programming and web development. Im hearing alot of people telling me Linux is a great system for developers and i need Windows for school. So is it alright to have these 3 systems running through Boot Camp? I'll Have the 250gb 7.2k HDD.

    Also, is it possible to have one of the two systems, preferably Linux, run from an external HD?

    Lastly, i know this is not the developer section but could you tell me why you like the Linux system?


  2. TodVader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
    I'm not 100% sure but I think bootcamp only supports 2 partitions. VMware on the other hand could handle linux since you probably wouldn't need the GPU in there.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Linux is good for people who don't have a Mac, and since OS X is based off the same BSD subsystem as Linux, OS X is just as good as a developing platform as Linux. Besides a lot of Linux tools have already been ported to OS X.

    Linux is good only if you use command line only. :p
  4. alanlindsay macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    I have the Penryn 2.4 MBP triple booted with OSX, Ubuntu and XP. So it can be done first of all. Here is a guide on how to do it:

    With the new MBP I think you're going to run into quite a few problems getting drivers for the new chipset. Getting things to work in Linux is always a pain so be prepared to put a serious amount of time into it if you want everything to work. I like programming in Linux as the Intel C/C++/Fortran compilers and MKL are available free of charge for non-commercial use for this platform only. Cheers,

  5. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    rofl you obviously haven't spent any significant amount of time with Linux, have you?

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