How hard would it be to run Linux on a new Intel-Mac?

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  1. ssv30

    ssv30 New Member

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    So, I'm a total n00b...getting a new laptop for college..I'd prefer to run linux..and I'm thinking I'm going to purchase either a laptop that is made by a major manufacturer like Apple, Dell, etc. or one that has hardware that's great for Linux like..er.. I can't recall the name, but it had Ubuntu preinstalled (but the distro is irrelevant at this point...)?

    My main question is, I suppose, is it just ridiculous to even buy an intel-mac because I'm used to everything about Apple (and I'd have their customer service, etc) if I want to run linux instead anyway?
    Or could that work albeit meaning I'd have to partition it, etc?
    Or should I just go for something else, in your own opinion?


    Sorry, I'z a bit confused. I feel a bit stupid...:squint:
    but I thought someone here might have an idea about this.

    So...I thank you.
     
  2. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    one of the mac shack regulars wrote up a howto for triple booting OS X, Ubuntu, and Windows just a few weeks back... wish I had bookmarked it, you're the second person to ask in the last week (and that's just the posts I've read)

    edit: here it is... dug it up on page 5. HardTech did the writeup in his blog:

    http://www.michaelvkim.net/?p=5

    and the thread:

    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3147723
     
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  3. ssv30

    ssv30 New Member

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    thank you both!

    and the mac would have enough memory & stuff to run all that? i mean, i know hardware is good

    sorry, i didn't know it was recently asked, or i definitely would've searched the foum


    thanks again
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    my macbook pro has 2GB of memory and I run two virtual machines under Parallels without any trouble. if you're dual / triple booting, you're only running one OS at a time, so the memory requirements apply as follows for each OS.

    When you say you want to run linux, do you mean natively, or in a virtual machine? It's not necessarily clear from the way you phrased your follow-up :dunno:
     

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