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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.

https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/choosing-and-changing-panel-layouts-ubuntu-mate-18-04/16502

 

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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