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Installing linux on a mac


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#1 Dotlife

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:28 AM

Hello all!

I was wondering if it is possible to put just linux on a mac hdd. I dont want any osx left.

Is this possible? If so, how?

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:56 AM

It can be done but depends on your model.

Some models its notorious that linux doesnt work


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:57 AM

An older mac? Maybe 3-5 years old. Some guy at best buy told me deleting the mac OS can affect the machine and make it inoperable? I think he's speaking out of ignorance but just waneed to ask.

Edit: thanks for your response!

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:59 AM

I would have to do some homework.

Model? Specs?


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:04 AM

Mac book pro
160 gb, 2.2 ghz core 2 duo, 4gb ram ddr3
And where do you do your homework? :D

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:05 AM

I would look up the hardware online, so far so good but I am worried about your networking card.

Can you give me info on it?


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:09 AM

Airport extreme (0x14E4, 0x8D)
Firmware: Broadcom BCM43XX 1.0
(I'm not a mac user. I got this thing from my sister haha)

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:14 AM

Okay looks good on the networking card.

Anyhow as usual the distro I recommend to a new user is Linux mint, it has a lot of driver support and preinstalled codecs.

For you its kind of a good thing you have used OSX as it would give you familiarity to how things work in linux such as how the files are laid out

Linux will sort of be the best of both worlds for you I am sure


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:16 AM

I plan on using kali Linux for pen testing, my pc isn't cutting it anymore. Would that still be alright?

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:20 AM

KalI is okay but not for beginners

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:23 AM

Why's that?
Will it be just as efficient to pen test with mint?

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 02:26 AM

Penitration tests are indeed cool tools, then if you want kali is fine. I would be worried about drivers kali has for your networking

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 02:48 AM

Penitration tests are indeed cool tools, then if you want kali is fine. I would be worried about drivers kali has for your networking


Thanks man, I really appreciate all your help!!

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 02:53 AM

Please note that you can install kali's Penn tools on minthttp://www.techrepublic.com/article/pro-tip-install-kali-linux-tools-on-ubuntu-with-this-easy-script/ those instructions are used for Ubuntu but should work in mint as well

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 03:28 AM

Please note that you can install kali's Penn tools on minthttp://www.techrepublic.com/article/pro-tip-install-kali-linux-tools-on-ubuntu-with-this-easy-script/ those instructions are used for Ubuntu but should work in mint as well


Again, you've blown my mind. Thank you!!




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