Intro:I wanted to dual boot my 13” Macbook Pro with Linux because some of my favorite applications are Linux-only and I didn’t want to get stuck running OpenLINA all the time. However, I wanted to use Ubuntu Studio, a multimedia variant of Ubuntu which does not have a graphical installer. All the other tutorials I found in on the first page on Google said to install use the entire disc for the install and I wanted to dual boot. Please note that there aren’t screenshots, so please use your brain. If you have questions, try commenting.
Disclaimer(s):1.) Seeing as this is a dual-boot tutorial, I am going to remind you all to back up your data. Because this dual-boot involves a Mac, there is absolutely NO reason not to back up. Time machine is stupidly easy to use. For more information, go to the Apple website and find a Time Machine tutorial.
2.) I used this method on a 13" Macbook Pro running Leopard - Macbook Air users, please note that you'll need an external disc drive
3.) Keep your computer plugged in. No point on a failed install because you ran out of batteries
Things You'll Need:
- rEFIt (rEFIt.sf.net) - a graphical boot loader for use with EFI systems
- Ubuntu Studio (http://www.ubuntustudio.org) - I used the 9.04, 64 bit edition
- A Mactel computer
- A back-up disk
gathered from various other tutorials I read and my own experience of this install:
- Back everything up. Since Ubuntu Studio does not have a graphical installer, it would presumably be easier to format the wrong partition than on your standard dual boot installation. If this is your first back up, you may want to leave your computer on overnight to transfer everything to the external disk. It took me about an hour to back up about 33 GB of data to my 1 TB MyBook. You may want to leave it running to backup overnight. Be sure you have your computer plugged in so that your batteries don’t die on your backup.
- Install rEFIt (http://rEFIt.sf.net) - this just makes everything easier when restarting
- Download and burn Ubuntu Studio to a DVD (it is too big for a CD, being about 1.8 GB). Disk Utility is great for burning ISO files.
- This is the first of several time-consuming steps – you have been warned
- Note: this may take some time (I guessed about 30 minutes)
- The next steps are tricky. You now can rename your partition, set its mount point, set its bootable flag to “off,” and do other things. First, set it to be used as your preferred file system (I recommend ext4 or XFS – chose ext4). Then,
- Set it to mount as /
- After you are satisfied with your partition, scroll down to “Done setting up the partition” and press enter
- Find some free space slightly larger than your RAM and create a new swap partition there or resize one of your other partitions to create your free space. Although you may never use it for paging, it is used for hibernation
- If you chose to resize your main partition, you must write the previous changes to your disk before continuing
- Once you have some free area, select it, hit enter, and partition it as swap space
- A partitions formatting screen may appear, then the installing the base system screen. This doesn’t take too long
Note:There are still a few items to make it work smoothly in the Macbook Pro, I’ll cover those in a later tutorial
Coming next: a tutorial on how to create an acceptable a cappella version of a song from a single recording.