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installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:07 AM

I need to install a version of linux(I'm not sure which one yet) on my macbook pro.I really need to make sure that my mac OS and all the information in my hard drive will stay safe.
Is it possible? Do I need a special version of linux or all of them would work?Otherwise where can I download a linux for mac ?any suggestion would be useful... If you know that there may be a problem please let me know.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:12 AM

Use VMWare (paid), Parallels (paid), or VirtualBox (free). If you're looking to create a Boot Camp partition, then try this.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:28 AM

View PostJackOfAllTrades, on 11 October 2010 - 08:12 AM, said:

Use VMWare (paid), Parallels (paid), or VirtualBox (free). If you're looking to create a Boot Camp partition, then try this.

Thank you for your suggestion But I think I need the actual linux system and probably the Virtual and parallel softwares can't do the job.
I saw the link,but I'm not sure,did it say that that It doesn't need a special version of linux?

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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 12:09 PM

the only special thing you should need is a boot loader. mac's don't use a BIOS like most standard consumer desktops.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 12:25 PM

Are you saying that those whom buy Macs are not consumers?

My question would be, why are you installing Linux on a Mac? Why not use the software that is written for it? This falls into the category of 'those who need it know how to do it' in my opinion.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 01:19 PM

View Posthamishehiran, on 11 October 2010 - 10:28 AM, said:

View PostJackOfAllTrades, on 11 October 2010 - 08:12 AM, said:

Use VMWare (paid), Parallels (paid), or VirtualBox (free). If you're looking to create a Boot Camp partition, then try this.

Thank you for your suggestion But I think I need the actual linux system and probably the Virtual and parallel softwares can't do the job.


I am running a MacBook Pro with VMware Fusion. Among the operating systems I run through VMware actively are:

XP Professional
Windows 7 x64
Windows Server 2003 x64
Windows Vista
OpenSUSE 64-bit

So VMware can do the job. Unless you need all the physical memory and CPU for your Linux system (in which case go for the dual-boot Boot Camp solution), I don't know from what orifice you're pulling your "can't do the job" comment,

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I saw the link,but I'm not sure,did it say that that It doesn't need a special version of linux?

The chosen Linux distribution will dictate what you need to download.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:03 PM

View Posthamishehiran, on 11 October 2010 - 08:28 AM, said:

Thank you for your suggestion But I think I need the actual linux system and probably the Virtual and parallel softwares can't do the job.
I saw the link,but I'm not sure,did it say that that It doesn't need a special version of linux?


I don't see the problem. Parallels work fine and it runs perfectly. I don't see the issue as to why you would need a standalone Linux for that matter and to what no2pencil said, why would you do that to a mac...
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:20 PM

because it's his hardware and he can do whatever the fuck he want's to do with it. cut the snobbery and help the dude out otherwise who cares what he does with it?

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Are you saying that those whom buy Macs are not consumers?

No but I am saying that Mac's are not typical consumer hardware being that they are in the minority.

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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:25 PM

I'll add a little more relevance to my question.

With OSX being a Unix based OS (FreeBSD), what do you need with Linux that OSX can't accomplish? It may be easier to just use the OS developed for the laptop than go through the hassle of forcing Linux on it.

I'm all for exploration of software & hardware, but sometimes it's better to know why someone is trying to do something because it maybe easier (& quicker) not to.

My intention was not be discouraging.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:26 PM

Take it easy. Keep the foul language in the lounge and the conversation constructive.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:06 PM

View PostDark_Nexus, on 11 October 2010 - 09:20 PM, said:

because it's his hardware and he can do whatever the fuck he want's to do with it. cut the snobbery and help the dude out otherwise who cares what he does with it?

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Are you saying that those whom buy Macs are not consumers?

No but I am saying that Mac's are not typical consumer hardware being that they are in the minority.


I don't consider it helping someone if you don't actually know why they're doing what their doing. Economically speaking, installing a linux on a general pc is more cost effective than doing so on a Mac. I'd imagine that wanting to convert a Mac would generally mean he wants to accomplish something else and I did give advice to him regarding Parallels which does the job just fine. I don't see the problem and I find nothing snobbish about it. Like no2pencil said (more or less), unless you understand, how are you helping? I would like to think this is along the lines of giving people answers to coding problems with them just asking and not trying to solve it themselves. And it's not like I didn't give an answer.
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Re: installing linux on a macbook pro

Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:31 PM

Oh. I haven't been checking for a long time. come on guys lets be friends here!
VmWARE would help me.and probably mac would be enough for my needs. but I had a spacial purpose.
I did install ubuntu on my mac.there are some problems about the driver but it works fine.
It's good to have an OS with free soft wares. sometimes it helps.
thank you all for you guidance...
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