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Old 01-01-2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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Dual boot Slackware/OS X on new iMac


Hello guys,

I've been browsing around the net a bit for some pointers on dual boot on Slackware on the new anodized aluminum iMacs but I have found little information. I'm very familiar with Slackware and have been using it for years on a dual boot on my Dell laptop running XP, but I'm uneasy about trying to install Slackware on the iMac since I'm not very familiar with Macs just yet (I would rather not waste days setting up my system again if I can know in advance that it won't work).

The newer iMacs run on Intel processors (duo core) and the hardware is starting to be mainstream so I'm fairly confident that it would run. I'm just trying to get a sense for it I guess.

Thanks in advance.

iMacware
 
Old 01-02-2008, 01:41 AM   #2
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Hello guys,

I've been browsing around the net a bit for some pointers on dual boot on Slackware on the new anodized aluminum iMacs but I have found little information. I'm very familiar with Slackware and have been using it for years on a dual boot on my Dell laptop running XP, but I'm uneasy about trying to install Slackware on the iMac since I'm not very familiar with Macs just yet (I would rather not waste days setting up my system again if I can know in advance that it won't work).

The newer iMacs run on Intel processors (duo core) and the hardware is starting to be mainstream so I'm fairly confident that it would run. I'm just trying to get a sense for it I guess.

Thanks in advance.

iMacware
Check the boot camp pages for tips on how to get the drivers, check the mac forums for running linux dual boot on any mac period. There's a few linux users on there, I'm one of them, but I haven't done boot camp to linux yet.

Everything I've seen says you have to install linux first, but I'm not sure exactly how well that works. Personally I like OSX (just got my copy of leopard and can't seem to stop playing with it) and I don't see a need to run two unix based os' on one system. But that's just me. ^_^ Good luck!

Gryyphyn, out.
 
Old 01-02-2008, 05:36 PM   #3
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Check the boot camp pages for tips on how to get the drivers, check the mac forums for running linux dual boot on any mac period. There's a few linux users on there, I'm one of them, but I haven't done boot camp to linux yet.

Everything I've seen says you have to install linux first, but I'm not sure exactly how well that works. Personally I like OSX (just got my copy of leopard and can't seem to stop playing with it) and I don't see a need to run two unix based os' on one system. But that's just me. ^_^ Good luck!

Gryyphyn, out.
Hello Gryyphyn,

Thanks for the reply. I'll check out the mac forums alright ;-). But I'm thinking I'll need a 2.6.15? kernel that support EFI to be able to take advantage of the framework supported under Mac (EFI/GPT) (and to be able to install period). I'm not sure my Slackware CD I put together contains the right kernel version. Bah!

I also seriously love OSX Leopard (especially the fact that it sits on UNIX). I even started trying to bundle applications throught the .app setup (Jar Bundler) and it is absolutely fantastic to work with! But I've been working with Linux for a long time now, in particular Slackware 9.0 and 10.0, and being very familiar with those; they are of course very streamlined (and very stable of course since it's been around forever). Million of drivers for it. Plus I'm curious seeing the kind of performance I can squeeze out of Linux running on the intel iMac hardware.

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iMacware

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