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Well, this is not that much an How To or something like that… it is much more like a review… that’s because there’s not so much to do to install the latest Ubuntu distribution, Feisty Fawn, in an Intel Mac Mini
First of all, hardware specs of the Intel Mac Mini I own and used for this installation:
Intel Mac Mini
- 1.66Ghz Intel Core Duo
- 512MB memory
- 60GB hard drive
To install Feisty Fawn on this machine or in the superior one, you need the following software:
And now let’s start working:
1) Install BootCamp, run it and split your HD in 2 parts. The partition intended for Windows will be the one we’ll use to install Feisty
2) Burn Ubuntu Feisty’s iso image (Using the “disk utility” allready present in OSX, Applications –> Utilityes), insert it into the disck drive, reboot and press and keep the alt key pressed the moment you listen the classic Mac booting sound.
3) A booting menù qill appear, choose CD-rom. The Feisty Live CD Menù appears. You’ll probably be unable to use the keyboard in this menù, don’t worry, just wait. After some seconds, Ubuntu Live CD will start loading and you’ll be taken into the Ubuntu Feisty desktop.
4) Wow! Wireless card works with the new restricted pre-installed drivers! The restricted drivers manager warns you about the fact that these drivers are not opensource: do you really care? Personally, I’d love OS drivers to exist for any hardware but it is not like that, so, I prefer productivity over renouncing on the use of restricted drivers. The Intel 3D graphic card, obviously, works out the box with the built in Open Source video driver. Everything is perfect then! Let’s install Ubuntu.
5) Double click on the Install Icon on the desktop and install Ubuntu as normal. Choose to edit the partitions manually. This part is much simpler now than in any precedent Ubuntu version, I’m very glad of that. Locate the fat32 partition, delete it, it will be converted in free space. Now create a new partition from the empty space but remember to leave at least 600 MB of free space that will be used to create the Swap partition. This new partition will be the one used as root, your main Linux partition. Assign to it this simbol “/” and format it as ext3. Now create a new partition from the remaining free space and choose to use it as “swap”. We’re all set. Start Installation and configure it as you wish.
6) Reboot and remember: everytime you whant to run Ubuntu Linux, you’ll have to keep the alt key pressed during boot and choose “Windows” (Yes, really) from the boot menù that opens.
The games are completed, the mini little guide is over and you’ve got Ubuntu installed on your Mac Mini! The hardest thing is… that after some days you’ll whant to dedicate the entire Mac disk to Linux!!
Let’s tune it Up:
1) Well, Beryl is in the official repos now, so… let’s get it!!! Run Synaptic, search for Beryl and install all that you wish! I recommend every extra plugin package you find
2) System –> Preferences –> Sessions. Click on new: write down Beryl in name and “beryl-manager” (Without quotes) in Command. that’s it.
3) Alt+F2. Enter beryl-manager and press Return. There you go! the Beryl tray Icon appears and Beryl’s allready running! WOW! Aiglx without installing anything new except Beryl? Yes, really. On restarting the system, Beryl will be automatically loaded
4) If you prefer, you can run compiz instead than Beryl. INSTEAD, Man. Don’t try to run Compiz while Beryl’s running. To run Compiz, System –> Preferences –> Desktop Effects. Enable wobble and enable cube and… nothing else? Really? You’ll immediatelly notice the superiority of Beryl from the lack of effects that Compiz offers and also from teh fact that it not configurable at all…. very poor boys.
5) Enjoy your super fast 3D desktop!!!