|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] linux on macs
not what I would do but...
Back about this time of year in 2009, I wrote a post that's remained a
venerable favorite. Entitled "How to set up Ubuntu Linux on a Mac --
It's Easy and Free," the post described in full detail how those
interested in learning more about one specific Linux distro could
install Ubuntu in a virtual machine on their device. This post is an
update to the original, with all-new instructions but still using the
same framework -- Oracle VM VirtualBox, which is an open source
virtualization environment, and Ubuntu Linux.
Why would you want to run Linux on your Mac, which features a Unix-based
operating system in itself? Well, you may need to run Linux applications
for your job as a system admin, or perhaps there's some specific app
that some kind soul has written to run on a variety of Linux
distributions but hasn't been ported to OS X yet. Whatever the reason,
it's easy to do and you can put it on your resumé.
Step 1: Download VirtualBox
The first thing to do is get the Virtual Machine environment installed.
Rather than use either VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop, we're using
the free Oracle VM VirtualBox. Download VirtualBox 4.2.16 for OS X Hosts
here, and save it to a convenient spot on your Mac.
Step 2: Install VirtualBox
At this point you have a file with a name like
"VirtualBox-4.2.16-86992-OSX.dmg" either in the Downloads folder or on
the desktop. Double-click it to mount the installer image and this
Finder window appears: