14 Replies Latest reply: Mar 23, 2014 9:34 PM by roresc
J_taty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey!!! can anyone help to install Ubuntu on my macbook pro? 


I've read about to do that, but ...im not really sure which is the best way..u know? basically cause i dont wanna mess up with my mac :/



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,650 points)

    Buy a PC to run Ubuntu.

  • Tenux Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    no!!! use virtual machines if you want

  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)

    If you're just looking to "play" around with Ubuntu, I probably would not recommend partitioning your system.  You can use VirtualBox (free from Oracle) to create a virtual machine:




    This will basically allow you to install Ubuntu "within" OS X.  You're creating a virtual PC in which you can install Ubuntu (I kinda like Linux Mint if you haven't tried that out).  The benefits of a virtual machine are that no changes are made to your hard drive configuration.  If you just like to experiment, it's easy to try out different linux distributions without having to constantly make changes to your partitions (which are much more difficult to undo). 


    You pretty much install VirtualBox and use the ISO you download for your linux distro for the installation.


    You won't get full 3D acceleration using a virtual machine, but the 3D drivers have gotten much better.


    A virtual machine is also the safest if you're concerned with "messing up your machine" as it doesn't make any system changes.

  • J_taty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks! that's exactly my case here! (sorry for not mentioning before)  it's just for trying it out! ...


    that's it?? wow!! ....


    one thing! ...im new at this, so i wanna do it well..i dont wanna break my mac XD, but if u know of some links that could've help u do so, would be soo nice!



  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)

    You can use something like this to connect your drive for making the clone...




    However, if want to use your old drive as an external drive, you'll want an enclosure instead (as it provides more protection for the drive).  There are tons of external 2.5" enclosures to choose from:


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008040%2060000625 5%20600006272&IsNodeId=1&name=SATA%20I%2fII


    I'm not exactly sure what you were asking, so if this isn't what you're looking for, please clarify.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,310 points)

    J_taty wrote:

    one thing! ...im new at this, so i wanna do it well..i dont wanna break my mac XD, but if u know of some links that could've help u do so, would be soo nice!


    You'll break your Mac direct installing Linux, it's not for the computer newbie, but very well seasoned geeks as Mac's are very different in hardware than Generic PC's and require special skills drivers and software to work with your hardware and control the fans etc. It's hard even on a 10.6. Mac, almost impossible now on a 10.7 Mac.


    Like Joey said, use a virtual machine software, VMFusion and Parallels Desktop are commercial and Oracle's VirtualBox is free.


    I recommend for you to buy the commercial versions as your not too well seasoned yet and you need support which costs money.


    This way you can dump the whole mess and still have control with OS X.


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    If you want to direct install Linux, use a generic PC, that's what the boot disks/USB of Linux are made for, not for a Mac.

  • J_taty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i meant if u know of a guide or tutorial to install ubuntu in a virtual machine...i've been looking it up but still unsure of doing it :$

  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)

    This is one of the best step-by-step guides for installing Ubuntu in VirtualBox.  Note that this is for a Windows machine, but VirtualBox is identical on both Macs and Windows. 



  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,310 points)

    Easy, install the virtual machine software and run it.


    Choose the distro you want and the full DVD version form the webstire, I recommend Linux Mint, download.


    Open the download with the virtual machine software and have at it.



    You have to specify how much drive space to give to the guest OS, how much RAM, and how many cores.


    For Linux 1 core and 1.5 GB of RAM should be plenty, you can always increase it later by powering off the guest OS and making the changes and restarting the guest OS.


    When you install, your OS X window will appear like a screen on a generic PC and you run the Linux installer.



    You need to treat the guest OS like any other, update it etc.


    Create a "snapshot" using the vm software so that way you can revert your changes as your learning about Linux (or Windows or any other OS you want to install)


    Linux isn't easy, but Linux Mint is the easiest for newbies as it installs almost as easy as OS X.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (26,890 points)

    I went to a GIS workshop the other day. Part of it was showing how to use GRASS and R in Linux. The IT people couldn't get the PC to boot into Ubuntu. Then they tried to run Ubuntu in Virtual Box and had all kinds of trouble getting apt-get to work propertly.


    While they were trying to get it working, and mostly failing, I used Parallels to download and install Ubuntu and run the software. I had a fast network so the download only took about 3 minutes. The whole install took maybe 5 minutes. I think the IT people finally got Ubuntu to work in VirtualBox sometime after lunch.


    Was that a PC problem, an IT failure, or a VirtualBox problem? I don't know. It was a simple 5 minute job on my MacBook Pro running Parallels.

  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)

    I've never had a problem using VirtualBox.  I don't have any issues with Parallels (or Fusion).  I just have quite a few machines and I wouldn't want to buy a copy of Parallels for each one.... and then pay for updates when newer versions come out.  If you just have one machine, then it's pretty much whichever you choose.  If someone is just looking to play around with linux, there's no harm in trying out the free options.

  • J_taty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    heyy! i could install it successfully! used virtualbox and it's pretty cool! Many thanks!

  • roresc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    I know this is off topic, but, what is the diagnostic app running on the side of your screen shot? Thanks.