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Re: [vox] dual boot Linux on a Mac?
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Re: [vox] dual boot Linux on a Mac?

Not all Linux Distros have perfect support for Apple hardware (I think Ubuntu does have support), but there isn't any intrinsic issue with dual-booting Linux. The simplest way is to use the Boot Camp Assistant to resize your hard drive and then just install Linux when it tells you to install Windows :). That will use the BIOS emulation mode that Windows needs though, whereas some Linux distributions can use native EFI booting, but I don't know how easy that is to set up. It's probably as simple as setting up rEFIt, but it might not be.

I have a 13" MBP w/ Retina, and I'd be happy to try booting from any Linux live USB distro (it doesn't have a CD drive) you want and see if it works properly. That said, I must say that despite years of using Linux as my daily OS, OS X is much more polished, and still has all the nice *NIX underpinnings, so my Linux use is now confined to servers and my HTPC.
Daniel Nelson

On Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM, Norm Matloff wrote:

I'm in the market for a small Ultrabook, SSD-only, and am considering
getting a Mac for the hardware quality. I would install Linux on it,
I've never used a Mac and don't have any desire to use OS X. I hate to
get rid of the Mac software, so I would dual boot.

But...I'd like to avoid unnecessary complications in my life. :-) Would
getting a Mac be risky in that regard? And areo any particular Linux
distros recommended for the Mac?


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