Directions for triple-booting Apple Intel-based Macs posted online

“Intel-based Macs can now play host to three operating systems and boot into any one of them at will. The triple-boot technique has been outlined on the website, home of the first code to allow the new machines to run Windows XP,” Tony Smith reports for The Register.

“The procedure’s not trivial, though it makes use of Apple’s BootCamp utility to ease you through the installation of Windows XP. After installing XP, the process walks you through adding a Linux distrubution off a live Linux CD to the dynamically re-partitioned Mac hard drive. This Linux uses a swapfile for virtual memory rather than the more commonplace swap-specific partition due to limitations in the permitted partition structure,” Smith reports.

More info and links to the directions in the full article here.

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  1. > maybe 5% of the readers

    Which is just the percentage that would want to run linux on a mac…so a pretty good match.

    What I want to know, though, is if they’ve done one of these procedures where linux instead of being installed on the hard drive can be installed on a firewire drive…


  2. What the heck? Why not throw in OS/2 Warp, BeOS, JavaOS, DOS, Solaris, Win 3.1 to 2000, all other flavors of Linux, AmigaOS, PalmOS, and VMS?
    Software shortage on the Mac need never be uttered again.

  3. “yeah … but will it heat a cup of coffee?”

    Nope, you’d need a G5 for that! But hey, my G5 cut my heating bill in half this winter!

    My MacBook Pro will heat a cup of coffee if I run it hard enough.

  4. in my humble opinion if you want to run a Linux varient, get yourself a cheap PC and have it as a stand alone system. Why would you put Linux on top of or along side FreeBSD that forms the basis of OS X. That just seems stupid.

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