How to revive an old Mac with Linux

Quick guide on how to install Linux alongside MacOS on your old Mac, and make it more useful.

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Debian Jessie dual-boot on Mac

This is an updated version of the guide published last year: how create a solid dual-boot Debian installation on Macbook (4,1) while preserving the MacOS session. KDE is the desktop environment I’ve chosen to install (last year was Mate), be free to select your favorite one in the last steps.

In your MacOS session, install rEFIt or rEFInd, reboot twice. Create your Debian netinst USB key (with Unetbootin), plug it in, reboot your Mac while pressing the alt key. Boot menu will appear, select the USB device and start the install. If the device is not detected, try another distro or another USB creator. Keep in mind during the partitioning that you’ll need a 200 Mo EFI boot partition. And of course, do not modify your HFS Mac disk.  Continue reading “Debian Jessie dual-boot on Mac”

Debian Jessie – KDE

UPDATE : An updated version of this post [in english this time] can be found HERE

Une fois la netinstall (Mac > Refit > partitionner en réservant 200Mo pour une EFI boot) effectuée, rebooter. Si l’écran devient noir après le boot mais le système reste actif en arrière plan, retourner au Grub menu, éditer (‘e’) l’entrée de boot : repérez la ligne commençant par ‘linux’ et ajoutez en fin de ligne aprés quelques espaces : ‘nofb‘ afin de désactiver l’usage du framebuffer. Boot avec F10.

Objectif : un environnement KDE SC 4.10 sur Debian testing.

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