Dual Boot Linux on a mid 2010 iMac

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Cosmic47
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Dual Boot Linux on a mid 2010 iMac

Postby Cosmic47 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:51 am

Hello, I have a family member who would like to install and dual boot Linux Mint on their iMac. I have already gone through the process myself with my own iMac and have been using it for several months without any problems and I've offered to help with the installation. I'm having a bit of trouble deciding between Linux Mint version 17.3, 18.1 or 18.2. My computer is running Linux 18.1, however I'm wondering if their computer would run better on a different version. Here are the specs for the iMac:

OS El Capitan(10.11.6)
Processor: 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3
Memory: 8GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4670 256MB

I want to make sure that the version runs well on this iMac, so I would appreciate any insight or opinions on which version would be the best choice. Thanks!

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Re: Dual Boot Linux on a mid 2010 iMac

Postby Pierre » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:23 am

if you are running LM18x on your iMac, then do proceed with what you are familiar with . .
and install that version onto their iMac as it too is a fairly decent machine.

this will also help you out, should this installation, not proceed too well.
& you will have another iMac to compare with.
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and just use whatever version of LM18x that you already have.
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Re: Dual Boot Linux on a mid 2010 iMac

Postby prestonR » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:55 am

If you're not too fixated on Cinnamon I'd go with the Mate edition:
- uses less resources (the hefty ram usage isn't really an issue with your specs but see below)
- it's very 'Win-like' in appearance
- it doesn't need as much support from your Radeon graphics and its driver (often the reason why ppl opt for Mint 17 instead of 18)


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