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Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby hackersmovie1 on Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:10 am

Can you run Linux Mint on a Mac? I read in the Linux Mint Wiki that any computer that can run Ubuntu can run Linux Mint, however, when I downloaded, burned and tried to boot from the CD, it crashed :cry: I am running OS X 10.5.2 AND Ubuntu 7.10 (amd64 version) on my Macbook 2.0Ghz, 4GB RAM with a 15GB partition for Linux.

Can it, will it work?

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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby McLovin on Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:38 am

short answer, yes, it can and will work. As for why it keeps crashing, check your download MD5 against the MD5 from the site, make sure they match, if they do, try to reburn the disk at the slowest speed possiblt, this cannot be stressed enough, if it burns too fast, you ill end up with a bad disk.
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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby hackersmovie on Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:56 am

McLovin wrote:short answer, yes, it can and will work. As for why it keeps crashing, check your download MD5 against the MD5 from the site, make sure they match, if they do, try to reburn the disk at the slowest speed possiblt, this cannot be stressed enough, if it burns too fast, you ill end up with a bad disk.

O.k. thanks! I will do that, the slowest I can burn in Disk Utility is 8x. Is that slow enough? I've been just burning with it set to "fastest possible". If that is that important, I wonder if that's been my issue with some other distros I've been trying. . . Hmmm.....
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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby hackersmovie on Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:13 am

Nope. That didn't work either. I'll try it on one of my other Macs in the morning. . . .I'll post the outcome then. . .
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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby hackersmovie on Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:47 pm

O.k. so it booted on my iMac! W00t! it's a 17" 1.83Ghz CoreDuo, 2GB RAM. . .

Anyone else running Linux Mint on a Mac?
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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby hackersmovie on Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:54 pm

Booted from CD, installed, and wouldn't boot the installation. . . hmmm. . . . :shock:
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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby carlos on Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:18 am

I've been running it on vmware. Works beautifully. I have a laptop that is mint only so its all good.
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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby hugh on Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:30 am

hackersmovie wrote:Booted from CD, installed, and wouldn't boot the installation. . . hmmm. . . . :shock:


Now, I've been using Linux for a couple of years, but just got an iMac - other way round to you. From what I can glean with my scant knowledge I think you need to enable Bootcamp in your Mac to dual boot with other systems - try looking at the XP instructions and tailor it to Mint.
I've not dared to take the Bootcamp plunge yet as i don't want to chance destroying my beautiful Leopard, so I'm still running my Linux installs through VM, but my stepson dual boots to XP with no problems.

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Re: Linux Mint on a Mac?

Postby hackersmovie on Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:37 am

hugh wrote:
hackersmovie wrote:Booted from CD, installed, and wouldn't boot the installation. . . hmmm. . . . :shock:


Now, I've been using Linux for a couple of years, but just got an iMac - other way round to you. From what I can glean with my scant knowledge I think you need to enable Bootcamp in your Mac to dual boot with other systems - try looking at the XP instructions and tailor it to Mint.
I've not dared to take the Bootcamp plunge yet as i don't want to chance destroying my beautiful Leopard, so I'm still running my Linux installs through VM, but my stepson dual boots to XP with no problems.

Cheers, :) :)

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Thank you for the reply! I have been running Ubuntu, OS X and Windows XP on my Intel macs, triple booting, with no issues. For some reason though, after installing Linux Mint, it just won't boot. I only tried the one time, perhaps I'll give it another go . . .
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