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

I use a mac air (11") and run multiple linux VMs.  Since I don't game the Linux in a VM is perfect.   I use Parallels, VMware Fusion and VirtualBox depending on my mood, etc.   

I also run Solaris, Windows and even OS X under virtualization and it's pretty nice.

I'm now installing Qemu (under os x) to try out FreeRTOS.

All in all it's a really nice development platform.

For Linux distros I've been using Ubuntu Server more and more (with a lightweight window manager).   You don't say what you want to actually do with the system so I don't know which distro would fit best.

Ubuntu is a pain if you are trying to do anything Oracle (IMHO),  I've found it best to just bite the bullet and use Oracle Linux in that case and use either vmware or virtualbox for the app. 

lastly I recently setup a mac mini with ESXI (bare metal hypervisor),  that thing is really cool (although you need another box to admin it).

On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM, Norm Matloff <matloff@cs.ucdavis.edu> 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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