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Installing Redhat Linux on Mac Pro

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nethx2 Calculating status...
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Jan 24, 2011 9:34 AM
Dear All,

I am about to purchase 12 core Mac Pro, but I would like to install Redhat Linux on this Mac Pro, I wonder :
1. is that possible ?
2. What problems or issues should I expected?
mac pro
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,215 points)
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:03 AM (in response to nethx2)
    1. Yes.
    2. Red Hat is not the most OS X friendly Linux. Ubuntu may be a better choice unless using Red Hat is essential for some reason.

    If you also plan to dual boot OS X and Linux, then I'd suggest you create two partitions with OS X on the first partition. Then use a LiveCD version of the Linux to install it on the second partition. Some of these installations will automatically configure 'grub' with a boot menu from which you can choose to boot OS X or Linux. Some don't so you have to do some tweaking of 'grub' for the boot menu.

    Alternatively, you can install rEFIt after installing Linux and OS X - CNet Downloads or MacUpdate. It provides a new OS X boot manager enabling the system choice at startup.
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  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:09 AM (in response to nethx2)
    You'll have the best luck posting on linux forum like Ubuntu but it should work, just be sure it supports dual Xeon 5600s and such (and would be comparable to say EVGA's SR-2 or any Intel reference Skulltrail 2 board).

    I have more experience with SuSE, not RHEL.

    Also, maybe you would be best served with a PC and 6-core 3.33GHz Mac Pro or something else.

    Would this be running only natively? or want to run under Mac OS as a guest? Parallels 6 should handle RH very well.
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  • m3the01 Calculating status...
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    May 11, 2011 10:22 AM (in response to The hatter)

    How about installing SuSE on the mac pro?


    thank you for your time,

  • mart30lon Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:03 AM (in response to m3the01)

    Well we have lost patience... We made the switch to Linux!


    We are trying to run a business and this kind of shoddy disregard for enterprise and pro users simply isn't good enough.


    Bet they have hundreds of programmers trying to fix maps on iOS!!!!!


    Bye bye Apple...

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,180 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:43 AM (in response to m3the01)

    My son says that debian is a really good choice, and has the best options available. That's what he runs on his MacBook, and his computerhead buddies run on all different kinds of computers.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to mart30lon)

    I have used Suse, Debian, Ubuntu. Some people do a Linux or Windows only on MacBook Pro and other models.


    I would not put linux or Windows on the same drive as OS X, give them each their own, lets you do more and not have to worry about OS X Recovery partition tables.


    Asking if you can do (Suse etc) struck me as... do you need to ask? maybe not for you or not ready, there is more on your own and less of that "Hand holdling" of course.


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