[TriLUG] distro for macbook pro?
dan.b.weber at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 19:39:17 EST 2009
So i actually have a triple boot system. Mac, windows, and Ubuntu 9.04.
Ubuntu doesn't work straight out the box, but it is minimal work to get it
set up. (It actually seemed like I did more to get windows set up). I chose
Ubuntu, because it has been my distro of choice, but as far as mac hardware
goes, I have heard that Fedora works just as well.
As far as the virtualization goes, I would suggest VMware Fusion (or
Parallels). I have found that Virtualbox is noticeably slower than these
two. I use Fusion, and the thing that I like the best is that if I am doing
something under OSX, and need to do something quick under windows or Linux,
I can boot those partitions like virtual hd's. VMware Fusion has an option
to convert these to virtual machines that are bootable under OSX (I believe
that Parallels does too).
Setting up my system like this gives me the the option to boot up those
operating systems if I feel like I need to. But like the others I mostly use
virtualization. (Note: the reason I have all 3, is that I am a student, and
depending on my profs for the semester, I may have to develop a windows app
or a Linux app. I have OSX, because it simplifies things for me.)
Also you may want to install Refit. It works as well as Apple's efi, but
it is licensed under the BSD. It is a efi loader that will let you choose
between operating systems graphically. I prefer it over Apple's efi, but
that's just my two cents.
dan.b.weber at gmail.com
On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 1:50 PM, Charles Mangin <option8 at option8.com> wrote:
> i'm thinking of treating myself to a new macbook pro this Christmas, and i
> thought i'd dual boot it with OS X and linux. Fedora is my distro of choice
> on a variety of other boxes, so i'll probably go that direction, but i
> figured i'd ask what the peanut gallery had to say.
> my intent is to dual boot, so it has to play nice with Apple's Boot Camp,
> and have available drivers "out of the box" for the Apple hardware (wireless
> card, firewire, etc)
> any suggestions or caveats are welcome.
> Charles Mangin
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