J-Bot 3030 Oct 14, 2013 @ 8:39pm
09' Mac Book Pro installing Ubuntu 12.04
I've been running Windows 7 under bootcamp and I hate it. It really just doesn't work well. I want to install Linux and give it a try. Talk to me, hows it going for everybody? Steam work okay? The list of supported games seems pretty large, I'm still not sure how many of my games will work under Linux.

But its worth a try.
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-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Oct 14, 2013 @ 9:32pm 
What do you hate? Bootcamp or Windows?

What are the specs of the Macbook?
J-Bot 3030 Oct 14, 2013 @ 9:43pm 
I don't hate Windows, my Mac isn't really powerful enough to run Bootcamp and Windows and I thought I'd give Linux a try I haven't used it since college.
Apocryphus Oct 15, 2013 @ 4:26am 
You might be better off installing Ubuntu 13.10 when it gets released in a few days.
LOLCAT Oct 15, 2013 @ 5:10am 
You might be even better off selling the macbook and buying a powerful PC, a new house and a car and go on a 3-week holiday. Then you can install both windows and linux on the PC and have both worlds.
-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Oct 15, 2013 @ 7:30am 
Or get one with Hackintosh-friendly hardware, then you can have all three worlds.
Fibbles Oct 15, 2013 @ 8:40am 
Would it have killed you guys to just answer his question?

I've never installed Linux on a Mac before but from some brief reading it appears that trying to install a Linux distro straight onto a Mac will break it. I'm not sure why, driver issues perhaps?

This article will show you how to create a dual-boot installation.[lifehacker.com] Essentially you'll be able to choose whether to run OSX or Ubuntu when you boot up the computer. The article does say you'll need OSX 10.5 or newer. The Apple site says 2009 Macs came with 10.5 so I assume you have it.
LOLCAT Oct 16, 2013 @ 1:43am 
Originally posted by Fibbles:
Would it have killed you guys to just answer his question?
If someone asked you how to jump off a bridge, would you just answer the question?
Shark Oct 16, 2013 @ 1:53am 
Linux should perform better in bootcamp than Windows.
-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Oct 16, 2013 @ 8:33am 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Originally posted by Fibbles:
Would it have killed you guys to just answer his question?
If someone asked you how to jump off a bridge, would you just answer the question?
This.
aliceif Oct 16, 2013 @ 11:28am 
Originally posted by -FwG- ^ Bucky21659:
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
If someone asked you how to jump off a bridge, would you just answer the question?
This.
Way to be rude jerks.
Don't you people know that Linus Torvalds himself is actually using a Macbook running Fedora?
So, yes using a Linux distro on a mac is possible, even without dual booting.
Unfortunately, I don't exactly know how to do it.
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LOLCAT Oct 16, 2013 @ 1:06pm 
Originally posted by aliceif:
Way to be rude jerks.
Don't you people know that Linus Torvalds himself is actually using a Macbook running Fedora?
So, yes using a Linux distro on a mac is possible, even without dual booting.
Unfortunately, I don't exactly know how to do it.
He's developing the kernel, not gaming. For gaming you need a desktop PC, not a macbook or any other laptop.

Install:
1. Boot from the CD.
2. Make partitions.
3. Install.
4. Proit.

Macs are computers as well. It can't be that different. They even have more than one mouse button now.
aliceif Oct 16, 2013 @ 1:15pm 
Not quite. While Macs have been using Intel x86-64 CPUs and DDR2/3 RAM for a while now, their version of EFI is quite different from the BIOSes and UEFIs used in "normal" PCs. Which is why installing OSX on anything but a Mac is near-impossible.
LOLCAT Oct 16, 2013 @ 1:19pm 
Linux is supposed to be aware and prepared for that. That's why LT can install Fedora on his macbook. This damn Fedora is even prepared for the evil Windows 8 brought, secure boot. A mac EFI is nothing compared to that.
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Oct 16, 2013 @ 2:16pm 
You can start with Mint since you're new to Linux and then learn more and more about the system. If you're willing to learn a lot about Linux (in the near future): Debian/Fedora/Arch.

Just one tip: Don't think that you're Linux install will be the last one, because it won't. Install Linux as an explorer and you'll be amazed at what it can do. And of course, you're going to break your system soon, so back your important files and start tinkering with the system.

And as I use to say: "If it ain't broke, you haven't tweaked it enough".
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Miss Valeska Oct 22, 2013 @ 2:42am 
Hey! I can help! Please message me if you wanna IM. However, I'll explain a bit. Okay so, Don't use boot camp, Use rEFIt http://refit.sourceforge.net/

Install this, And burn Ubuntu, Preferably Ubuntu 13.04/13.10 to a DVD. When you turn on your computer, rEFIt should run first, It should show you at least two options. One will be Mac OSX, Another will be this DVD, Which will probably just be called Linux. Use the arrow keys to move, And press enter to chose. The DVD will take a long time to load, However, It should show a kind of purple screen with a keyboard icon at the bottom, Or something similar, That is how you know it is loading.

During the installation, It will probably ask you to either delete Mac OSX, Or install alongside Mac OSX. Chose install alongside, It will then ask you how much you want to shrink the Mac OSX partition by, And that is your choice. You should leave at least 20 gigabytes for linux, However, You will fill that up in a few days though. So, You should make it bigger if possible.

If this is NOT shown, Please click the something else button, Or, Configure manually. There you can do this partitioning yourself. If you cannot get rEFIt, Or it does not load properly, Or linux does not work when you click. Just turn on your computer, And hold C the entire time, It should load the DVD drive, it will take a little while though. Also, Just holding the command key should list a menu similar to rEFIt too. Anyway! I hope this helps!
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