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    tux08902
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    External Hard Driv & Multiple OSes
    I volunteer my time for the Gentoo-Alt project, so I need to be able to use FreeBSD, Gentoo Linux, and other Unices other than OS X. I have Windows Vista dual-booting on my MacBook Pro. If I were to install Gentoo Linux on an external firewire hard drive, would I be able to boot from it on my MacBook Pro, without having to use additional tools like rEFIt? That's the biggest turn off, otherwise, I'd triple-boot directly on this MacBook Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tux08902 View Post
    I volunteer my time for the Gentoo-Alt project, so I need to be able to use FreeBSD, Gentoo Linux, and other Unices other than OS X. I have Windows Vista dual-booting on my MacBook Pro. If I were to install Gentoo Linux on an external firewire hard drive, would I be able to boot from it on my MacBook Pro, without having to use additional tools like rEFIt? That's the biggest turn off, otherwise, I'd triple-boot directly on this MacBook Pro.
    Have you considered VMWare Fusion? I would recommend Parallels, but their VM toolkit for Unices is weak.
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    I have Parallels installed, but I won't be able to use it as effectively until I get 4GB of RAM. Is what I detailed even possible? Can I even run Compiz or KDE 4 in Parallels with all the graphics turned up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tux08902 View Post
    I have Parallels installed, but I won't be able to use it as effectively until I get 4GB of RAM. Is what I detailed even possible? Can I even run Compiz or KDE 4 in Parallels with all the graphics turned up?
    I haven't been able to get Beryl/Compiz to run in Parallels, but I understand that Fusion has better 3D support in some situations. The nice thing about running different Linux distros in VMs is that you don't have to fuss with bootloaders and make major modifications to your disk structure each time you need to make a change. I'll take that flexibility over eye candy any day.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    tux08902
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    Thanks, I understand, but it would it even be possible to do what I said in the first post, you know booting from an external hard drive?

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    Macs from the PPC to current as far as I know, can boot from firewire external drives be them hard or optical, PPC ones cannot boot from USB however Intel ones can also.
    This is a multiplatform home !

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    tux08902
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    Ok, that's good news. Can the firmware bootloader boot Linux from a firewire hard drive? I know that Linux can boot from anything, so on that side it's all fine. It's the Mac side I'm worried about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tux08902 View Post
    Ok, that's good news. Can the firmware bootloader boot Linux from a firewire hard drive? I know that Linux can boot from anything, so on that side it's all fine. It's the Mac side I'm worried about.
    I don't know if it can boot linux, but I'm sure it can boot off of usb external drives...

    Try installing linux onto an external drive and booting it...

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