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The Mac is one of the most reliable computing platforms available, and can make a great platform for not only running the Mac OS, such as the current, but also Windows and Linux. In fact, is a very popular platform for running Linux. Under the hood, the Mac's hardware is remarkably similar to most of the parts used in modern PCs. You'll find the same processor families, graphics engines, networking chips, and a great deal more. Running Windows on a Mac When Apple changed from PowerPC architecture to Intel, many wondered if the Intel Macs could run Windows.

Responsive engine, less memory usage and packed with features. Download for desktop now. Download Ubuntu Desktop. Most Macs with Intel processors will work with either 64-bit or Mac images. If the 64-bit image doesn't work, try the Mac image.

Turns out the only real stumbling block was getting Windows to run on an instead of the then much more common. Apple even lent a hand to the effort by releasing a utility that included Windows drivers for all of the hardware in the Mac, the ability to assist a user in setting up the Mac for dual booting between the Mac OS and Windows, and an assistant for partitioning and formatting a drive for use by the Windows OS.

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Running Linux on a Mac If you can run Windows on a Mac, certainly you should be able to run just about any OS that is designed for the Intel architecture, right? Generally, this is true, though, like a lot of things, the devil is in the details. Many Linux distributions are able to run very nicely on a Mac, though there can be challenges to installing and configuring the OS. Level of Difficulty This project is for advanced users who have the time to work through issues that may develop along the way, and are willing to reinstall the Mac OS and their data if problems occur during the process. We don’t believe there will be any huge issues, but the potential exists, so be prepared, have a current backup, and read through the whole process before installing Ubuntu. Courtesy of Bombich Software The issues we've come across for getting a Linux distribution working a Mac have usually revolved around two problem areas: getting an installer to work correctly with the Mac, and finding and installing all the needed drivers to make sure the important bits of your Mac will work. This can include getting the drivers needed for and, as well as drivers needed for the graphics system your Mac uses.

It's a shame Apple doesn’t provide generic drivers that could be used with Linux, along with a basic installer and assistant, as it has done with Windows. But until that happens (and we wouldn’t hold our breath), you're going to have to tackle the installation and configuration issues somewhat by yourself.

We say 'somewhat' because we're going to provide a basic guide to getting a favorite Linux distribution working on an iMac, as well as introduce you to resources that can help you track down drivers you need, or help solve installation issues you may come across. Ubuntu There are many Linux distributions you can choose from for this project; some of the best known include (in no particular order) Debian, MATE, elementary OS, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, and Mint. We decided to use Ubuntu for this project, mainly because of the very active forums and support available from the, as well as the provided in our own. Why Install Ubuntu on Your Mac? There are a ton of reasons to want to have Ubuntu (or your favorite Linux distribution) running on your Mac. You may just wish to broaden your technology chops, learn about a different OS, or have one or more specific apps you need to run. You may be a Linux developer and realize that the Mac is the very best platform to use (We may be biased in that viewpoint), or you may simply want to try Ubuntu out.

No matter the reason, this project will help you install Ubuntu on your Mac, as well as enable your Mac to easily dual boot between Ubuntu and Mac OS. Actually, the method we'll use for dual booting can easily be expanded to triple booting or more. What You Need •. We recommend a clone on an external bootable drive that includes a copy of the Recovery HD volume. We recommend, which can create the clone and include the Recovery partition.

Once you have a working clone, disconnect it from your Mac to ensure that the clone backup isn't accidentally erased during the Ubuntu install. • A Mac with 2 GB of RAM and a 2 GHz dual-core processor. As you might suspect, these are the bare minimums; more RAM and faster processor speeds or additional processor cores can only be helpful. We're installing on a 2014 27-inch Retina iMac, but the basic process should work for any modern Mac (newer than 2011). If you're going to use an older Mac, you should still be able to install Ubuntu but you'll need to pay attention to how the boot process works for older hardware. If you have problems getting your older Mac to work with Ubuntu, stop by the and search for install guides for your Mac model. • A 2 GB or larger USB flash drive.

The flash drive will be used as a bootable Ubuntu installer that contains not only the basic installer, but a live version of Ubuntu that you can run directly from the USB flash drive without modifying anything on your Mac. This is a great way to test whether your Mac and Ubuntu can get along. • A USB keyboard and mouse. You need a USB-based keyboard and mouse because it's highly likely that the Ubuntu Bluetooth drivers will need to be installed or updated before a wireless keyboard or mouse will work. • 25 GB free drive space.

This is the minimum size recommended for the desktop version of Ubuntu that we'll be installing; more space to work with can be a benefit. • Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS. This is the current stable version of Ubuntu that was available when we started this project. Later versions should work as well, just check the release notes for any specific changes that may affect installation or use on your Mac.

UNetbootin simplifies the creation of a Live USB Ubuntu installer for your Mac. Screen shot courtesy of Coyote Moon, Inc. Our first task in installing and configuring Ubuntu on your Mac is to create a live that contains the Ubuntu Desktop OS. We will use this flash drive to not only install Ubuntu, but to check that Ubuntu can run on your Mac by using the ability to boot Ubuntu directly from the USB stick without having to perform an install.

This lets us check basic operations before you commit to altering your Mac's configuration to accommodate Ubuntu. Preparing the USB Flash Drive One of the first stumbling blocks you may encounter is how the flash drive should be formatted. Many folks mistakenly believe the flash drive needs to be in a bootable FAT format, requiring the partition type to be Master Boot Record, and the format type to be MS-DOS (FAT). While this may be true of installations on PCs, your Mac is looking for GUID partition types for booting, so we need to format the USB flash drive for use on the Mac. • Insert the USB flash drive, and then launch Disk Utility, which is located at /Applications/Utilities/. • Locate the flash drive in Disk Utility's sidebar.

Be sure to select the actual flash drive, and not the formatted volume that may appear just below the flash drive's manufacturer name. Warning: The following process will completely erase any data you may have on the USB flash drive.

• Click the Erase button in the Disk Utility toolbar. • The Erase sheet will drop down. Set the Erase sheet to the following options: • Name: UBUNTU • Format: MS-DOS (FAT) • Scheme: GUID Partition Map • Once the Erase sheet matches the settings above, click the Erase button. • The USB flash drive will be erased. When the process is complete, click the Done button. • Before you leave you need to make a note of the flash drive's device name. Make sure the flash drive named UBUNTU is selected in the sidebar, then in the main panel, look for the entry labeled Device.

Image Resizer Download Mac. You should see the device name, such as disk2s2, or in my case, disk7s2. Write down the device name; you will need it later. • You can quit Disk Utility. UNetbootin Utility We're going to use UNetbootin, a special utility for creating the Live Ubuntu installer on the USB flash d.