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Can I install Ubuntu on a late-2006 iMac?

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#1 kingmustard


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Posted 02 August 2018 - 09:25 AM

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83 GHz, 64-bit)
  • 17" display (1440×900)
  • 2 GB RAM (DDR2 PC5300 SODIMM 667 MHz)
  • 160 GB hard disk drive (SATA, 7,200 RPM)
  • Intel GMA 950 (64 MB shared memory)
  • 24× combo drive (DVD-ROM, CD-RW)
  • Internal AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Apple Remote infrared receiver
  • iSight Camera (640×480, 0.3 MP)
  • Mini-DVI video out
  • 3× USB 2.0 ports
  • 2× Firewire 400
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 "Lion"
I have downloaded ubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso.
What's next?
Is it possible to boot from a USB flash drive, rather than a DVD?

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#2 MadmanRB



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Posted 02 August 2018 - 09:32 AM

Yes it should work, the hardware itself should be fine (although that RAM could be a bit better)

And yes you can use a flash drive, linux can use USB's as a live medium


As for what you should use here I highly recommend Ubuntu MATE in this case as there is a setting in Ubuntu MATE to make it look very much like the OSX layout so the transition into linux wont be as jarring.



Plus Ubuntu MATE is fairly lightweight so it may run better on that hardware.

Edited by MadmanRB, 02 August 2018 - 09:41 AM.

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