Ubuntu 10.10 on new 11" MBA

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  1. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Anyone tried it yet via dual-booting?

    I think I'm going to attempt it on my base 11" rather than use VMWare.
     
  2. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    Why?
     
  3. nomar383 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I assume 2GB of RAM would be dog slow with a VM?
     
  4. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    Are you going to have it constantly running? Or just to try Ubuntu out for a bit? I hear Ubuntu is ok with 512MB even. If that is true or just for a tryout the 2GB will suffice. When you have to give 1GB to it, then yes - it will get short for Mac OS...
     
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    Did you really just ask that? OSs are so much faster if you aren't doing it through visualization such as VMWare or Parallels. Ubuntu and OS X won't have to share resources such as the ram or processors.
     
  6. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    I meant why install Ubuntu ;) As his primary system? Fun? Developing?
     
  7. iParis macrumors 68040

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    It wouldn't be his primary operating system. He would set it to dual boot to where he can choose to boot up between OS X and Ubuntu.
     
  8. leandroc76 macrumors regular

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    FWIW, Ubuntu 10 is blazingly fast on Parallels 4.0. I honestly can't tell the difference. The only thing is the lack of full 3D support.
     
  9. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, but what are the specs of the computer you did this on? Surely they are at least more than 2GB and a 1.4GHz C2D.
     
  10. leandroc76 macrumors regular

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    An old Macbook Uni. 2.53 Ghz 2GB.
     
  11. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    I like how everyone writes 2.53 Mhz around here ;D
     
  12. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    I would like to do the same thing. Hope you succeed and post here again.
     
  13. leandroc76 macrumors regular

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    Oh... it's a really old machine!
     
  14. nomar383 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I find it easier than installing all the modules and libraries I need via macports. I do a lot of programing for school and work that is better suited for a straight linux environment in my experience.

    Most of my time is spent in OS X of course :)

    On my quad-core desktop, Ubuntu in VMWare is fine. On a little MBA maybe not so much haha
     
  15. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    Imo if that is your usage scenario then go for VM... If your stuff is all CLI based you could even just install ubuntu server, open ssh and use Mac OS terminal to ssh in and have fun!

    I think Ubuntu will be fine with 512MB RAM btw, so you should definitely try it before going dual boot... Dual boot is just a pain in the ass in my opinion ;)
     
  16. nomar383 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps I'll at least give VMWare a shot first since I have a VM for Ubuntu already setup. I'll report back on what I end up doing. Only have to wait till my new toy arrives tomorrow :)
     

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