Thinking of replacing OS X with Linux

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  1. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    I love OS X a lot, but I tend to like to change things around..
    I want to know what would happen if I ended up removing my OS X partition and replacing it with a Linux Distro. I will not be dual-booting or using a VM.

    Will I be able to re-install OS X afterwards? Or would I have to somehow re-install from USB? Or perhaps the recovery partition, if left untouched, can be used to re-install OS X?

    So, first part is whether or not I can undo it if I don't like the Linux distro.

    Second thing,
    I don't like GRUB, but apparently I can't use that anyways since of EFI.
    What boot loader would I be using? I believe the boot loader looked much like the OS X boot loader when you hold Alt.

    This is all on a Macbook Air 13" 2014.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    You can always reinstall OS X. GRUB does support EFI and you may want to use that to avoid unnecessary problems.
     
  3. joshlalonde thread starter macrumors 6502

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    To reinstall, do I just use the recovery mode?

    Also, any way I can make GRUB look pretty :/
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    You can use Internet Recovery. GRUB can be themed to look like nearly anything.
     
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  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Keep your recovery partition, just to simplify the re-install of OSX if you choose to go back,

    I ran with Linux for a while, but I returned to OS X due to a lack of apps that I needed.

    Good luck, using Linux and learning new things was fun, and I miss playing around like that.
     
  7. jblagden macrumors 6502a

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    Though, it would be a lot faster to reinstall from a flash drive.
     
  8. belvdr macrumors 601

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    I doubt you'd see the OS X install from a USB flash drive be faster than from the internal SSD. The internal SSD on the 13" Air is capable of about 600MB/s write and 1200MB/s read.

    Even though USB 3.0 is rated at 625MB/s, I think the fastest USB 3.0 flash drive is in the 200-300MB/s range, but I haven't kept up on that.
     
  9. jblagden macrumors 6502a

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    I’m pretty sure the recovery option just has it download the installer and then run that.
     
  10. belvdr macrumors 601

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    You might be correct. I haven't done that in years.
     

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