[vox-if] Question

Nick Schmalenberger nick at schmalenberger.us
Sun Feb 17 12:42:00 PST 2008

On Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 12:52:22AM -0800, Alex Mandel wrote:
> Bob Scofield wrote:
> >In preparation for sending out my announcement to the Central Greens, I 
> >have a couple of questions.
> >
> >1)  Are you guys set up to dual boot a Mac?
> >
> >2)  Does a Mac user have much of a reason to dual boot?  I'm wondering why 
> >a Mac user would be interested in Linux (other than for moral or political 
> >reasons).
> >
> >Bob
> >_______________________________________________
> Dual boot (Even Triple Boot) can be done with a mac, for newer macs the 
> OS cd is needed to get bootcamp going I think.(We don't have a copy)
> If it's PPC we need to know, since it's a different install disk and it 
> limits the number of Distros available.(I think it's possible to dual 
> but for PPC I've always done a wipe)
> Reasons to dual, people have lots of them. Why do people dual boot 
> windows. For that matter why dual boot at all.
> There's no one answer, some common ones:
> 1.There are a few apps I'm not sure I can live without.
> 2.In case it stops working or I get stuck.
> 3.Is this your main machine or a 2ndry box, 1 & 2 are more important if 
> it's your main.
> 4.Development might be easier for some projects on linux but I like the 
> feel of my mac.
> 5.My other won't use linux yet.
> 6.Macs aren't perfect either, there are some things that drive users 
> nuts in the interface and aren't easy/possible to solve.
> 7.Like to tinker.
> Personally after setting up duals, I found I only boot into the other 
> maybe once per year and I want to go back and reclaim that wasted space.
> But I didn't know it was going to pan out 3 years ago when I made the 
> switch.
> Now I suggest the following
> Other options:
> 1. Parallels or some other virtual machine
> 2. Complete wipe (Older hardware, dedicated server, ready to commit)
> 3. Don't do it and install tons of FOSS for Mac
I think if you have Mac OS installed first, the Debian installer sets up
yaboot pretty much automatically. The next (in the future) trick will be
getting grub (1.9, not 0.9) to work on ppc ... supposedly it has been done but I
haven't figured it out yet.

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