Running Linux Mint 13 Onto MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 Model)

Linux Mint 13 On MacBook Pro

Linux Mint 13 On MacBook Pro

I was able to install Linux Mint 13 onto my MacBook Pro.  I had to say it was riveting to see my MacBook Pro booted into Linux Mint 13 for the first time.  How come?  Probably it was that I never had tried to install any Linux distribution onto a Mac before!  Anyhow, I thought it would be harder for me to install Linux Mint 13 than Windows onto a Mac, but it turned out I got it worked out perfectly the first time around.  Of course, I had used the correct guide, otherwise I would not be able to install Linux Mint 13 onto Mac after just one try.

I followed the Install Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) on 13inch MacBook Air 4.2 (2011 model) tutorial on billsdon.com blog, but I did not follow this tutorial by the letter.  I did not install and use rEFIt (i.e., preferring the use of the Mac’s option key on the keyboard to pick which operating system I want to boot into); I did not use GPT Fdisk to create 3 partitions for the hybrid MBR as I had only used it to create only 2 partitions — this prompted the warning about I had an extra partition that wasn’t used and GPT Fdisk asked about creating an extra partition in case I would be able to use this extra partition in the future for whatever purpose, but I refused to do so as I had read rodsbooks.com’s Hybrid MBRs: The Good, the Bad, and the So Ugly You’ll Tear Your Eyes Out article how it would be unwise to create an unrecognizable extra partition on Mac.  It appeared that Apple Disk Utility might have a bug that would prevent it to manipulate unknown MBR type codes, and by being careful about this I decidedly it would be wise to not create extra partition.  So, when GPT Fdisk asked me with this command prompt “Unused partition space(s) found. Use one to protect more partitions? (Y/N):,” I candidly replied N for no.

Here is the short version of how I had installed Linux Mint 13 onto Mac.

  1. Use Boot Camp Assistant (come with Mac by default) to create a second partition
  2. Download Linux Mint 13
  3. Burn Linux Mint 13 into a DVD
  4. Insert Linux Mint 13 into Mac’s DVD/CD tray
  5. Reboot Mac (Mac OS X Lion in my case)
  6. Hold down the option key (on the keyboard) right after hearing the chime (boot sound)
  7. Choose the DVD to boot into Linux Mint 13 Live DVD (not the Boot Camp or Mac OS X Lion partition)
  8. Wait for Linux 13 Live DVD to completely load into RAM (random access memory) and load itself up in a working stage
  9. Double click on the DVD icon (I think it labels as installing onto hard drive or something of this sort) that allows the installing of Linux Mint 13 onto Mac
  10. Follow the onscreen instruction to install Linux Mint 13, but I had to manually customize the partitions for Linux Mint 13 to make sure I that I would be able to pick the Linux Mint 13 partition (i.e., the root partition that represents by a backslash “/”) as a Bootloader, otherwise it would be a bad idea to install Linux Mint Bootloader into Mac’s main partition (i.e., you will not have a working Bootloader and won’t be able to boot into Linux Mint later as it would be installed into the wrong partition)
  11. Reboot into Mac and install GPT Fdisk software from the Internet
  12.  GPT Fdisk software is dangerous as it can totally destroy how Mac would boot up and will destroy Mac partitions if use it in the wrong way (i.e., will have to reinstall Mac and all data will be lost) — research on GPT Fdisk and how to use it correctly
  13. Use GPT Fdisk to create a hybrid MBR so when later I first boot into Linux Mint 13 on Mac, I won’t have to face the missing operating system warning
  14. Reboot Mac and hold down the option key (on keyboard) after hearing the chime
  15. Linux Mint 13 welcomes me on a Mac

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Introduction To Linux Mint 13 (Video)

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Español: Logo Linux Mint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Linux Mint 13, codename Maya, is the latest Linux distribution that is brazenly showing off its Cinnamon desktop theme, and I’m glad that it actually does so.  How come?  Linux Mint 13’s Cinnamon desktop theme is sleek and amazingly fast.  To tell the truth, so far I have only experienced Cinnamon desktop theme inside a virtual environment, and yet I was and still is amazed at its responsiveness and ease of use.  Probably, Cinnamon desktop theme had incorporated parts of the Gnome 2 look and Gnome 3 features together that has got me wishing for more of Cinnamon desktop theme.

Besides the sleek, beautiful look and ease of use that have attracted me to Cinnamon desktop theme, Linux Mint 13 is basically Ubuntu 12.04.  And if you have followed my blog or videos quite often enough, you know how I really love Ubuntu right?  (I loved Ubuntu even when many people hated Ubuntu for it first go at releasing the Unity desktop theme…)  So, I’m very much impressed with the latest release of Ubuntu (Ubuntu 12.04), therefore Linux Mint 13 can do no wrong for me personally when it actually based on Ubuntu 12.04.

Ubuntu 12.04 is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) Ubuntu release, and not so surprisingly that Linux Mint 13 is also the latest LTS Linux Mint release.  For those who are not so familiar with Linux Mint, it has always been a little brother/sister of Ubuntu.  So, it’s not so surprisingly for us to see Linux Mint 13 has so many similar features and underlying packages (software) that we have found inside Ubuntu 12.04, and the LTS is always a welcoming choice.  How come?  Especially for corporations and people who aren’t so energetic about updating/upgrading to the newer releases of their Linux distribution, LTS will assure them that the developers of their Linux distribution will continue to push out newer patches to fix various bugs and security issues for at least 5 year long.  This is why even after couple years into the future, you can always go back to Linux Mint 13 to use it without worrying that it’s already outdated in term of getting software/package supports.

There are few major differences between Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04.  The obvious ones are the desktop theme and so on… but Linux Mint 13 doesn’t have one major feature which brings a lot excitement to Ubuntu 12.04 is the HUD (Head-Up Display).  Without HUD, we might eventually see Linux Mint continues to partway from Ubuntu as things move ahead into the future, because Ubuntu is striving to have HUD replaces all the menus and buttons and whatever that sticks out like thorns on Unity desktop theme.  Nonetheless, I sure hope that Linux Mint 13 can continue to either use excellent underlying codebase of Ubuntu or push out their own codebase in a major way (to innovate and strive to be better than Ubuntu).

Lucky you?  I like Linux Mint 13 enough to create an introduction video for Linux Mint 13.  Please enjoy it right after the break!!!