Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mac-mini dual boot (OS X/Linux)

This post follows my last attempt to install a linuxmint in a virtual machine (virtualbox) see previous post.

After noticing that the Bamboo Wacom tablet wasn't recognized (unless practicing voodoo) I didn't had much choice but to forget the virtual route and ...

Launch Bootcamp, make room and prepare 16GB for the linux install
Which wasn't easy because Bootcamp kept whining about some files preventing the partitioning 

"The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved"

and the console spat this eloquent piece of literature "hfs_truncatefs: couldn't reclaim space on HD"

It was only after removing virtualbox, and as many files as possible, doing an single user boot (and fsck -fy) then booting on the install CD and launching disc utility then repair permission, repair disk) that finally ... result ... the partition was made 

The Linuxmint installation in comparison was just a walk in the park

Below is the result :
partition viewed by gparted

Notice the 200MB EFI partition, the 130MB unallocated space (?!??), the 1MB(bios_grub) grub partition and the Bootcamp (fat32) partition .... Poor little mac-mini (mid2007), it certainly looks a bit like "Gruyere" cheese now ... a bit like a biological computer :

Biological computer can decrypt images stored in DNA: In the original Turing machine, a long strip of paper contains data and instructions. The data is fed into the machine, and rules (software) decide what kind of computation is done to the data. Basically, Keinan and co created a mixture of molecules in a test tube that were capable of performing the same, repeatable set of instructions on a helix of DNA. Encoded DNA goes into the biological computer and decoded DNA comes out the other. To track the progress of the machine, the DNA was tagged with fluorescent markers.

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