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Triple Booting -- OS X, Windows 7 Via Boot Camp, onto Ubuntu!!!

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April 17, 2011 10:12:29 PM

I currently have OS X installed, in addition to windows 7 via boot camp. I need to get ubuntu installed somehow, but don't want to run it via a Virtual Machine (for obvious performance reasons).

I've read about WUBI, and it doesn't work with a windows installation in boot camp.

Maybe this should be in the Ubuntu/Linux section, but i placed it here beacause of the unique issues that arise when OS X is the main OS on a computer.

Macbook Pro" 13 (Mid-2010)
4GB DDR3
320GB HDD
Geforce 320m

Tiple Booting Ahead!!!!!


Any included links showing the step-by-step procedure would be greatly appreciated. If you see that a link to a guide is provided, please look for others. I would greatly appreciate multiple guides for vetting and in case i have some kind of trouble with one guide in particular.

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April 18, 2011 1:44:36 PM

I haven't used a mac since the late 90's, so just what is boot camp anyway? reading up on it now, but what I don't understand is why you can't specifically partition the hard drive for 3 separate OSes and installing each OS into a specific partition then use grub2 to pick between them?

http://lowendmac.com/mac2win/08m2w/triple-boot-mac.html

apparently apple doesn't like other unix operating systems.

http://thegadgets.net/trickt-boy/tips-and-tricks/how-to...


https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/App...

^^ seems to concur that apple doesn't like ubuntu with boot camp, and windows seems the be the only option. basically trick the apple into thinking it'll be 2 partitions for windows, installing windows in one and ubuntu in the other using the ubuntu livecd. both winxp and mac seem to be quite bossy in their behavior =P
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April 18, 2011 4:49:05 PM

pelov said:
I haven't used a mac since the late 90's, so just what is boot camp anyway? reading up on it now, but what I don't understand is why you can't specifically partition the hard drive for 3 separate OSes and installing each OS into a specific partition then use grub2 to pick between them?

http://lowendmac.com/mac2win/08m2w/triple-boot-mac.html

apparently apple doesn't like other unix operating systems.

http://thegadgets.net/trickt-boy/tips-and-tricks/how-to...


https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/App...

^^ seems to concur that apple doesn't like ubuntu with boot camp, and windows seems the be the only option. basically trick the apple into thinking it'll be 2 partitions for windows, installing windows in one and ubuntu in the other using the ubuntu livecd. both winxp and mac seem to be quite bossy in their behavior =P



I wish it was that simple. The partitions are locked inside OS X. You cannot create a new one while booted inside the operating system. Unfortunately it requires an external hard drive to boot from, which i dont have.

Even if i could create an additional partition, I'd have issues booting into it due to the issues a linux partition would create.
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April 18, 2011 5:54:37 PM

jamesyboy said:
I wish it was that simple. The partitions are locked inside OS X. You cannot create a new one while booted inside the operating system. Unfortunately it requires an external hard drive to boot from, which i dont have.

Even if i could create an additional partition, I'd have issues booting into it due to the issues a linux partition would create.


I'm not sure I follow.

This method won't work for XP because XP wants to be on the last MBR partition.
Assuming that OS X is installed, use bootcamp to install Windows Vista. NOTE: MAKE ENOUGH SPACE FOR BOTH WINDOWS AND UBUNTU WITH BOOT CAMP!
Install windows normally.
Start your computer with the Ubuntu disk in the drive. Install Ubuntu by partitioning the boot camp drive that Windows is located on, and install both Ubuntu and GRUB bootloader onto the new partition. (There are programs that allow Mac OS X to write to ext2, you'll just have to mount your ext3 partition as ext2 in Mac OS X)
Start the computer and boot back into Mac and install rEFIt. This will allow you to boot into every operating system on boot.

^^ taken from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/App...

How can a partition be locked inside an OS? You can install whatever you want on as many partitions using whatever file system you wish, I don't see why OS X would or even can interfere with that. With OSX you can create a partition to install windows into, so just create 2 of them and install ubuntu with the ubuntu livecd. GRUB2 should write itself over as the primary boot manager and give you the ubuntu options (kernels and memtest86) as well as OSX and windows 7/vista.
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