Installing Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy on a Mac Pro (dual-boot with OS X)
October 24, 2007
This is the quickest way I found to get a basic system up and running on a Mac Pro 8-core (should work for the other versions as well). You DO NOT need Bootcamp to do this! This is assuming you have a single hard disk installed, with a default OS X partition.
Before you proceed: please make sure you have a current backup of your system. The following procedure is risky and could damage your system and/or make it unbootable.
- Boot into OS X
- Install rEFIt
- Repartition your hard drive. Let's say you want to resize your OS X partition to 200GB and create a new 200GB Linux partition. Open a terminal and type:
sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 200G Linux Linux 200G
- Download the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Live CD and burn it
- When the rEFIt menu comes up, check if the partition tables are synced.
- Start it again with the "c" key pressed to boot from the CD
- When Ubuntu comes up, click on the "Install" icon on the desktop
- Choose "Manual" partitioning and select the new (probably called /dev/sda3) partition as your root
- Ignore the warning about the swap partition
- Click on "Advanced" before finishing the installation and make sure that the boot loader is installed on /dev/sda3 (or whatever your root partition is) rather than (hd0) or similar
- Remove the CD and reboot
- Once you're back in Ubuntu, open a terminal and create your swap file (for example a 2GB one):
dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap bs=1024 count=2097152
chmod 600 /swap
If you get a black screen during booting from the CD or the installation, then try to remove the "splash" option from the boot options. This helped me with my 23" Apple Cinema Display.
Ok, now you should have a basic Ubuntu installation. Next post will show you how to fix some of the annoyances of the basic installation that are specific to the Mac Pro.
Drop me a comment if you know any way to optimize this install procedure, I'd be glad to hear from you.
Posted byvfxdude at 2:27 PM