Is there a way to install Ubuntu on Macbook pro using a live CD and some "Install Ubuntu to disk option"? I searched the forums and it said that I can by clicking this option after booting from the live CD. It would be nice if I could do that because I'm trying to do a work around that hasn't been successful:
So I partitioned the harddrive using OSX's diskutil using the resizeVolume command. It worked great! So then I installed bootcamp. Burnt the slipstream CD, the driver CD and installed XP onto the FAT32 partition. Worked great! I now have OSX and Windows running smoothly.
So I figured since I have installed various flavors of linux and failed BUT eventually succeeded so many times, I figured I had enough knowlege to make this "Ubuntu on macbook pro" thing work. Not the case.
The following was all done using an instruction set from modular.math.washington.edu/macbook/triboot. First I booted up with a live CD. Formatted the partituion with ext3, mounted it, created a 2GB swapfile (not partition!) and copied all the directories of the Live CD root directory onto the root directory of the linux partition. Once that is done, LILO needs to be installed. I found the source file and tried to compile it myself using ./configure, make, make install. That didn't work. So I used the Quick installation that was also inside the source file. The quick installation seemed to do the trick, except when I went to run LILO to finalize the installation, it said it couldn't find the lilo.conf file. I thought, "Oh, no big deal, I'll just create one in the /mnt/etc/ directory using vi. (By the way, I printed and read the whole LILO user guide in order to put the .conf file together). So then I ran LILO again. STILL couldn't find the .conf file.
So I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It may be several combinations of things. I'm definately not an expert, but I thought I knew enough to work my way through it.
This is craziness. I have a whole bunch of other things that I may have done wrong, but I think I need to break it into separate threads. Sorry for the scatterbrained post.