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Old 01-19-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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After over 6 years away, I have gone back to using a Mac. I just bought an iMac 2.66 GHz C2D and will have 4 GB of RAM when the upgrade chips arrive.

I have a couple of Windows programs I want to continue to use. Specifically, the IL2-1946 flight simulator and the Sony Vegas 6.0d video editor. What I feel would be the best solution is to load a Linux variant, perhaps Ubuntu, by using the Boot Camp utility to partition the drive and have a dual-boot system.

My question really is, what would be the best way to achieve these goals. I know almost nothing about Linux and am having to play catch-up on the iMac as a lot of things have changed in 6 years. So what do I need to do? Besides panic, that is.

All hints, tips and tricks greatly appreciated.
Old 01-19-2009, 12:09 PM   #2
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There's no assurance that Ubuntu (under Wine, I assume) is going to run your Windows apps. I'd want to test that first. The most reliable solution would be to buy a copy of Windows and use Boot Camp to dual boot Windows on the Mac. I'm sure there will be many other suggestions, such a virtual machine approach, but I don't see the point in trying to install Linux on a Mac to run Windows applications, other than to save the cost of buying a copy of Windows.
Old 01-19-2009, 12:49 PM   #3
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I'm going to second pentode here. Check out VirtualBox, or something similar. I've personally used VirtualBox on my Mac, and it runs fantastic; I've installed Ubuntu on it pretty easily. Anyone should feel free to completely disagree with me, but just a quick google indicates you would probably be spending a bit time and effort just trying to get Linux installed using Boot Camp, since it's made for Windows. If nothing else the VirtualBox solution will give you a really quick, easy way to check if your apps will run in Ubuntu, and you can easily get rid of the VM if you can't use it.

Just my 2 cents Good luck!
Old 01-19-2009, 01:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the fast replies and the advice. Fortunately, I have already checked with the user forums for IL2 and have been assured that it runs fine under Linux, specifically Ubuntu. Users there have also said that they installed Ubuntu under Boot Camp with no problem.

Nonetheless, I appreciate the advice and will no doubt try the VM route before doing anything else. One problem with using Boot camp is that it is undo able only by reformatting the entire drive a la Windows. So I want to be 100% sure that what I do is the best solution before going that route. I also want to be sure that Ubuntu is the Linux "flavor" I need and not Kubuntu, Fedora, or something else.

The one problem I have consistently read about with VW programs is they can slow down games and simulators because they are really one more layer of software between you and what you are doing. Perhaps if I had sprung for one of the newest super boxes this would not be an issue. But I live in Brazil and the super boxes are not available here and usually cost about twice what they do in the USA or UK because the import duties here run 60% and up. I was very lucky to be able to get this iMac for only about $150 above the USA price. I think I will not look to deeply into how the on-line store managed that.


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