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Dual Boot Mint & OS X

Postby Chilibird on Sat Jul 26, 2008 9:37 pm

Greetings,

I'm currently using OS X 10.5. I am also, unfortunately, a Linux newbie. However, with the availability of a free system, and practically native support of Open Source software (which I use almost exclusively anyways), I figured I'd give Linux a shot. At the recommendation of friends, I've investigated Linux Mint, and Ubuntu.

I've run into all sorts of fun installing Ubuntu. I can get the install to run correctly on a 25 GB partition, but OS X 10.5 still assumes it's the primary system and doesn't recognize the Ubuntu partion to allow me to boot into Ubuntu, thus making the install useless. Since Mint is a downstream project of Ubuntu (from my reading), I figured I would have the same issue upon installation.

Is there any way to install Mint without having to completely wipe OS X off the disk? I would like to maintain OS X in the event Mint doesn't work out (say for school), but Google has been mum on help for the topic. The only related post I found here is that OS X can be installed once Mint is, but I would much rather not have to wipe OS X if possible.

Thanks for any help, and hopefully this post made sense,
-Kevin
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Re: Dual Boot Mint & OS X

Postby miket on Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:30 am

Hi !

Chilibird wrote:Greetings,

I'm currently using OS X 10.5. I am also, unfortunately, a Linux newbie. However, with the availability of a free system, and practically native support of Open Source software (which I use almost exclusively anyways), I figured I'd give Linux a shot. At the recommendation of friends, I've investigated Linux Mint, and Ubuntu.

I've run into all sorts of fun installing Ubuntu. I can get the install to run correctly on a 25 GB partition, but OS X 10.5 still assumes it's the primary system and doesn't recognize the Ubuntu partion to allow me to boot into Ubuntu, thus making the install useless. Since Mint is a downstream project of Ubuntu (from my reading), I figured I would have the same issue upon installation.

Is there any way to install Mint without having to completely wipe OS X off the disk? I would like to maintain OS X in the event Mint doesn't work out (say for school), but Google has been mum on help for the topic. The only related post I found here is that OS X can be installed once Mint is, but I would much rather not have to wipe OS X if possible.

Thanks for any help, and hopefully this post made sense,
-Kevin



The best thing for you to do is install VirtualBox under OS X and then Mint under it in a Virtual Machine ...
Do a search on google for VirtualBox and it will give you the URL to the VB site ...

Mike.
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Re: Dual Boot Mint & OS X

Postby kondor on Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:37 am

You might also consider checking out the Mac boot system as in this article - http://www.intuitive.com/blog/ubuntu_linux_yellowdog_linux_and_mac_os_x_all_on_one_powerbook.html. That way you can avoid virtual unless you clearly want it. There is also an article about the bootloader here -http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~gerbal/BootX.pdf that might help you. I note that the first article has OS X installed first.

Good luck.
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