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    Alternative to installing Windows on your Mac.
    Hi guys,
    There are plenty of threads talking about using various methods to get Windows operating on a Mac computer. They make a very interesting read. But here's the problem.
    I want to install Ubuntu or Mint on to my Mac as a sort of dual boot system where you make your choice of which OS that you want to use at start-up.
    Has anybody tried to do this before? Did it work?
    Any info much appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Steve.
    The trouble with letting people like me loose on the interweb with a debit card is that I now have the latest Mac Mini Aluminium running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 HDD and OS X 10.6.5 all wired up to a 70" LED screen ...... And not the faintest idea of how to use it.

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    Yes, it can be done and choosing between Ubuntu and OS X works the same as choosing between Windows and OS X..

    However, unless you are doing some very special, there is little to no reason to run Ubuntu natively on the Mac. Use VirtualBox to create a free VM and run Ubuntu there..
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    Cheers, raz0rEdge. I never even thought of doing that. I was just going off the idea of the Ubuntu disk making its own partition on a Windows PC.
    So I am now downloading the VB software.
    Thanks a load,
    Steve.
    The trouble with letting people like me loose on the interweb with a debit card is that I now have the latest Mac Mini Aluminium running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 HDD and OS X 10.6.5 all wired up to a 70" LED screen ...... And not the faintest idea of how to use it.

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    Even on a WIndows PC (like my work laptop right now), I use VirtualBox to run Linux for my work. The new software and machines are fast enough to give you the performance you need..

    I'd only go native to Linux if I was going to blow away Windows entirely, which in the work environment, is very hard to do..
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    Hold on there just a cotton-picking minute.
    Are you telling me that this very same Virtual Box software could be loaded onto a Windows laptop (running Windows XP Pro SP3) and that would allow me to boot up my laptop into XP as normal and then open Linux from within Windows without having to re-boot and specify which OS I want to use and being limited to that OS until a re-boot.
    Is that what you are telling me?
    That would make my life a lot easier.
    Cheers,
    Steve.
    The trouble with letting people like me loose on the interweb with a debit card is that I now have the latest Mac Mini Aluminium running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 HDD and OS X 10.6.5 all wired up to a 70" LED screen ...... And not the faintest idea of how to use it.

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    The Windows version of VirtualBox will do just that.... allow you to run Linux in a VM from your Windows machine without rebooting.

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