3 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2010 8:39 AM by Matti Haveri
Matti Haveri Level 6 Level 6 (8,840 points)
Have you tried to boot from the Ubuntu live cd on you Mac mini?

How did it work?

Were you able to boot back into Mac OS X without problems??

I Googled this and found some oldish posts claiming that after using the Ubuntu live cd the users could only boot into Ubuntu CD -- trying to boot back into Mac OS X without it (Option-boot even after PRAM reset was followed by GRUB error).

So: is it now safe to try the Ubuntu-boot (Ubuntu works OK via VMware in my system)?

Mac mini 2.66GHz and PowerBook G4 1.25GHz 15 FW800, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iMovie HD 6.0.3, iDVD 7.0.4 -- I don't benefit from any link
  • Matti Haveri Level 6 Level 6 (8,840 points)
    OK, I downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 disk image, burned it to a CD (Via Toast), Option-rebooted the Mac mini into Ubuntu (the dialog box had "Windows" instead of "Ubuntu/Linux"), and Ubuntu booted just fine.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download

    First I used my wired Apple keyboard and a wired mouse. I got my wireless Magic Mouse working after some fiddling but couldn't get AirPort to connect after a few minutes worth of trying.

    Then I restarted Ubuntu; it asked to remove the CD from the drive and to press Return. Then the Mac mini booted into Mac OS X 10.6.3 just fine.

    Have you managed to install Ubuntu on an external drive? Can you triple-boot into Mac OS X, Windows (internal drive) or Ubuntu (internal/external drive)?
  • LordMerovingian Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    The livd CD doesn't install anything, you're just running the O.S from the CD. Also i always recommend burning ISO's with Disk Utility rather than Toast. I ran the CD just fine but decided to virtualize instead using Fusion.

    Personally i prefer to run Ubuntu with VMWare Fusion, and as a matter of fact i'm using 10.4 Lucid Lynx right now as i type on my Mac Mini in VMWare Fusion. My experiment is to use Ubuntu (and only Ubuntu) this way for a week. I also have it installed on my HP tower (using the WUBI installer, which itself is neat).

    No, i never tried to install to an external HD, although in the past i did come across something about running it from a USB flash drive.
  • Matti Haveri Level 6 Level 6 (8,840 points)
    Yes, the live CD does not install anything. I was only concerned about posts like the link below where the user could not boot back to Mac OS X. Maybe they by mistake installed something, had locked the firmware or did something else that got them into trouble:

    http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=87556