Dual Boot Linux Mint 16 and Mavericks OSX on an iMac (mid 2011)
Posted on 2014-03-20
I know this has been asked many times in other forums but I have been looking for more than two days for my specific configuration and wasn't able to find an appropriate guide (or step by step explanation).
What I expect:
Dual-boot Linux Mint Petra 16 and OSX Mavericks on an iMac.
What I have:
- iMac (mid 2011) with 8 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD running a clean install of OSX Mavericks
- 1 burned DVD containing Linux Mint Petra 16 (and ISO file)
- USB Drive with Mavericks OSX installation files (just in case I mess up)
- 3 USB Drives with no data ready to be used.
So far I have:
- Backups of my files
- Linux and Mavericks ISO's
- Reserved a 200GB Partition to be used for Linux and the Bootmanager
- Burned CD with rEFIt (which seems to be no longer supported)
After I tried a Linux Mint 16 LiveCD I decided I would like to permanently have it on my Mac as an alternative OS ... I did some research and noticed it's not as easy as on PC based systems (pop in installation disk and follow up instructions). A boot-manager is needed, most forums mention rEFIt but it seems to be outdated so there is a new version by a different developer. This other version is called rEFInd and most guides explain how to use it with UBUNTU or previous versions of Linux Mint ...and on MacBooks. This is where I get confused, apparently it is not the same to use an iMac or an MacBook. There also seem to be different procedures on different Linux versions and distros.
I tried reading about this rEFInd on the developers page but he gets into every single detail on why he started developing it, his personal opinions on other boot managers, the difference between BIOS and EFI and many other details... it gets very confusing.
I was hoping somebody has a link to a practical guide that would fit my configuration or would be able to give me some directions on the bootloader / manager. All I need is to be able to have my iMac load the Linux Mint 16 on startup. Rest of installation and configration is no problem.
Your help is deeply appreciated!