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13th March 2008, 11:15 PM
I am considering to give linux a go on one of my macs but I do not know which one to try or which one can be used on a mac or were to download them from etc.

Some advice links and info wil be greatfull. ;)

13th March 2008, 11:24 PM
Cause it's intel, you can boot any linux, as far as I know.

I don't know how dual-booting will work out though, as macs use GUID partition maps. Who knows.

If you don't know where to download them from, then just google the name of the particular linux distro you're interested in, find it's main project page, and look for the download link.

Maybe try Linux Mint, Ubuntu, or Gentoo. Could also try Yellow Dog, although I think that's PPC specific.


13th March 2008, 11:29 PM
I hear about Ubuntu alot so I guess it would be a start.

14th March 2008, 05:19 AM
Ubuntu to start off with, then maybe moving on to something else like Gentoo?

Gentoo is not for Linux beginners. Ubuntu is.

14th March 2008, 05:29 AM
Ubuntu/Kubuntu is easy but not if you want wireless (although, they may have sorted that issue out by now. One hopes so, as it had been hangin' on for months)

You can download or have them send you a CD (or multiples) for free.

1) Kubuntu (KDE desktop.. my preferred distro)
http://www.kubuntu.org/ (https://shipit.kubuntu.org/)

2) Ubuntu (GNOME desktop)
http://www.ubuntu.com/ (https://shipit.ubuntu.com/)

If you go to the shipit pages, you'll find that you cannot get the most recent version if they send out to you. Its up to you, depending on how much you want them NOW. If you want wireless, better go for the latest you can get, as I understand it the issue still exists in the current post-out version (Gutsy Gibbon)

Peter Mount
14th March 2008, 05:31 AM
You could look at the forums for Ubuntu at:

Ubuntu Forums (http://ubuntuforums.org/)

I've been using Kubuntu for a while on my old PC and I've found the Ubuntu community to be helpful.

Have fun

14th March 2008, 07:12 AM
+1 Ubuntu Easy install, nice gui and can be virtualised with VMWare

+1 Slackware Hard install, no gui, rock solid and can be virtualised with VMWare

14th March 2008, 07:40 AM
I hear about Ubuntu alot so I guess it would be a start.

You can even order a FREE CD of Ububtu from it's creators. It's on their website.

14th March 2008, 07:50 AM

I use Puppy Linux:
Puppy Linux (http://www.puppylinux.com/)

You can download the ISO, burn it onto a CD, and boot the Linux off the CD without needing to install it on your hard drive if you want. I use the DCL version of this which runs off the KDE GUI. It's maintained by an Aussie actually as well.

14th March 2008, 08:24 AM
I played with a few distros, before settling on Ubuntu to use on a PC as a dedicated File Server at home.

On the surface all distros I tried have similar GUI's and the Unix Terminal under the hood.
SuSe, PC Linux, Fedora. - were the others I tried.

Ubuntu (so far) still fits on a CD ROM , although you can end up downloading heaps of stuff when you want to customize the set up.

APC magazine usually has one Linux flavour or other on its monthly DVD too.

As noted above in the thread, I also found plenty of help available on the Ubuntu web forums. I also found plenty of despair about hardware incompatibilities with various PC's. I couldn't get the ethernet card integrated onto my HP PC's motherboard to work, so ended up buying a PCI card that was compatible. - ( an easy decision. $50 or spend the rest of your life trying in vain to get the other sucker to work ?)

One option to seriously consider is running Linux in a Parallels or VMWare virtual machine on your mac. I did this while looking at the different distros.

14th March 2008, 07:57 PM
I'm wanting to be able to install a lunix OS straight onto a mac not using other software to run another software taking up all the memory.

14th March 2008, 07:58 PM
+1 for Ubuntu

+1 for PCLinuxOS (awful name, but looks very usable)

Good luck leaving heaven :)

14th March 2008, 08:10 PM
really ubuntu or suse or many others will work. but the three i like are ubuntu,suse and fedora.

14th March 2008, 08:14 PM
Do I want 32 or 64 bit ? for the mac

14th March 2008, 08:18 PM
Do I want 32 or 64 bit ? for the mac

You may as well go with the 32-bit, nothing wrong with it, and no compatibility issues.

64-bit has a higher processor requirement.

14th March 2008, 08:25 PM
Thanks for the Puppy Linux link, Erwin. Never heard of it before.

14th March 2008, 09:00 PM
+1 Slackware

15th March 2008, 03:37 PM
I have opensuse installed on my PC but I have an issue were I can not connect to the internet and seems it can not find the Netgear USB wireless modem ?

15th March 2008, 03:42 PM
Start with ubuntu if you're a beginner

Then move up to Debian/Slackware or even Gentoo

26th March 2008, 12:48 PM
I have installed Ubuntu V8.04 on my MacBook but I am having trouble with connecting to the internet so I will have to look into it to get the connection going through the airport on the MacBook.