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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 8


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Ubuntu 13.04 - The Review and the Mac Install.

Installing Linux on a Mac was easy, but not easy as in booting from a burned disc and away you go.

There was more to it than that...

Firstly, to install Linux you need to repartition your hard drive and this has to be done in OSX.

Opening Disc Utility will give you access to all your drives, from here you can format and partition anything listed, but be careful as the potential for damage is great...

I changed the main partition size of the my main Mac hard drive to give Linux 160gb of space.  I lot I know, as Linux could quite happily live in less than 10gb, but I had the space and thought what the hell.

Once the drive had been safely and successfully repartitioned, the next step was to acquire a copy of Linux on Disc.  This was a challenge as I really don't use discs anymore (well, except for ripping dvd's).  I knew I had some old blank dvd's somewhere and had to search for them.  Luckily I came across and old spindle of discs and slapped on into the dvd drive attached to my server.  I then remote accessed the server (it’s headless) and downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu with is currently at 13.04.

Once the bootable Ubuntu disc was created I was ready to go, right?

Don't you just hold down the c key at boot?


Next step was to download and install a custom Mac boot loader called rEFIt. This little `application bypasses the Mac EFI boot sector and creates its own, effectively allowing you to natively boot to any x86 Operating System on your Mac.

Installing and configuring rEFIt was a breeze, just double click the installer and reboot. Thats it!

Upon reboot you are presented with a new boot screen which allows you to choose which operating system to boot to.  At this point I put my Ubuntu disc into my Macbook and chose the Linux boot disc from the rEFIt menu, and from this point on Ubuntu takes over and it is exactly like installing the OS on any PC.

Once the install is complete, reboot the Mac and choose Linux from the rEFIt menu and you boot into Linux.

Thats it.

Observations on Ubuntu 13.04.

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 in as a virtual machine on my Mac and it ran perfectly.  Fast and smooth.  This was not the case with the native install.  It was sluggish and a little clunky.

I erased the Ubuntu partition and then natively installed Linux Mint on my Mac.  I’m very impressed with it.  It is lightning fast and works perfectly...

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