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How To Dual-Boot Install LinuxLite On a MacBook Pro?
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:40:15 PM »
 

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Hello,

My friend has an older MacBook Pro (late 2008) and Apple came out with an upgrade to Sierra.
I called Apple yesterday and they told me this laptop is not qualified for any more upgrades.
So, I have been working on my friend for over a year to get him to move to Linux and he is now
keen to the idea.

I've never installed to a Mac computer, let alone dual boot. Can anyone either instruct me on
how to do so or point me in the right direction to find out how to do so? Thanks!
 


Re: How To Dual-Boot Install LinuxLite On a MacBook Pro?
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Re: How To Dual-Boot Install LinuxLite On a MacBook Pro?
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Hello,

My friend has an older MacBook Pro (late 2008) and Apple came out with an upgrade to Sierra.
I called Apple yesterday and they told me this laptop is not qualified for any more upgrades.
So, I have been working on my friend for over a year to get him to move to Linux and he is now
keen to the idea.

I've never installed to a Mac computer, let alone dual boot. Can anyone either instruct me on
how to do so or point me in the right direction to find out how to do so? Thanks!

I don't know why you would want to dual boot on a system not receiving updates any more. But I guess it takes all kinds.
I consider a dual booter more hassle to take care of and it just complicates things unnecessarily. 

So. Ask your friend if pulling the Mac OS hard drive is a possibility and replacing it with a blank SSD hard drive, I picked up a used Mac SSD at 180 gigs for 15 bucks made by OCZ. It came out of a destroyed Mac laptop. That way your friend still has his Mac install. Pristine and not touched. Plus the added SSD is a upgrade that will make that Mac run faster.

Meat and potatoes time.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MactelSupportTeam/CommunityHelpPages

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacPro

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook%20Aluminum

https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2317145

Ubuntu has been installed on these old MacBooks since 2008. Linux-Lite is basically Ubuntu with makeup and special sauce included.
Installer may look different. But it should be easy peasy to install Linux-Lite following all the Ubuntu threads on Macbook.

Happy Trails, Rok
Last Edit: February 13, 2017, 09:53:15 AM by rokytnji
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Re: How To Dual-Boot Install LinuxLite On a MacBook Pro?
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They will still support the OS for the next 3-4 years. The issue IS... that he cannot ever upgrade to new OS's released by Apple due to older technology in the laptop.

He is not sure about Linux and wants to have a familiar OS to go to in case he isn't getting along with Linux.

 

Re: How To Dual-Boot Install LinuxLite On a MacBook Pro?
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They will still support the OS for the next 3-4 years. The issue IS... that he cannot ever upgrade to new OS's released by Apple due to older technology in the laptop.

He is not sure about Linux and wants to have a familiar OS to go to in case he isn't getting along with Linux.

Maybe it's time to put the mac to rest?
changed from Windows 10 to a REAL OS
 

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Hi PinStripe,

If he refers to a familiar OS in regard to the look/layout, then there are options available.
For example have a look at elementary OS.

The great advantage with almost all Linux distributions is that you can run them as LiveCD/USB.
So, without changing anything on his MacBook you can have him play around and see whether it's familiar enough for him to take it to the level of installation.
 

Re: How To Dual-Boot Install LinuxLite On a MacBook Pro?
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Yes, I know this since I have been on Linux since 1999. But I have tested hundreds of distros and LinuxLite is the
ONLY one that has found a permanent home on MY computer and therefore I recommend it to others.
 

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Re: How To Dual-Boot Install LinuxLite On a MacBook Pro?
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Yes, I know this since I have been on Linux since 1999. But I have tested hundreds of distros and LinuxLite is the
ONLY one that has found a permanent home on MY computer and therefore I recommend it to others.

I'm personally grateful for your loyalty to this operating system :)

THANK YOU for creating it!
 

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I didn't intend to lure you away from Linux Lite :) It was about your friend.
I'd rather have him using elementary OS than no Linux and not utilizing his MacBook at all :)

Great you enjoy Linux Lite so much. It's indeed one of the best distributions out there.
 


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