Currently Apple.inc has provided support to be able to install other operating systems on their machines other than Mac OS X, such as windows xp, windows vista and windows 7 via bootcamp on your Mac, and allows you to have two different operating systems in one Mac machine, and to switch between operating system that installed on your mac, you just simply by restarting your Mac and choose one of the main operating system will you use, if you want to change the operating system without restarting your Mac first, you can use the emulator that installed on your Mac OS X, read post about windows emulator for mac to find out more.
Sometimes your curiosity in learning about the operating system is not enough to just two, have a lot of operating systems that you can use today, such as Linux with various variants, as well as windows with different version, now you can install a lot of operating system on your one Mac machines, the following is a way to install two operating systems are quite popular right now beside Mac OS X, that is, Linux with a Ubuntu variant and windows OS ( xp, vista or 7 ) in one mac machine, and allows you to have 3 different operating systems in one Mac machine nd you can switch at any time with ease. In this step, certainly you have Mac OS X installed on your Mac machine.
1. Create a windows partition via bootcamp
- Go to bootcamp in the, application > Utilities > bootcamp
- Run bootcamp and create a partition for windows OS
- Determine the size of hard drive space to store the windows OS files, according to your wishes, for example we will use 25GB of your hard drive space for Windows OS, simply drag the divider hard drive partition to 25GB.
- Click next and install later.
- Ensure you have not installed windows, and only create partitions only.
2. Create a Linux partition using the Disk utilites
- Open the disk utilites on the, Application > Utilities > Disk utilities
- Run Disk utilities and choose your Mac hard drive (not your Mac partition)
- Click partition
- Click on your mac partition and resize by dragging the bottom right corner Mac partition
- Click the + button on the bottom partition scheme
- Create a Linux partition, with hard drive space as you want, for example, we will create a 25 GB hard drive space for linux partition with a HFS Journaled partition type.
- When finished click Apply
- Creation of linux partition has been completed.
3 . Installation of Windows operating System
- Insert windows OS CD and restart your Mac.
- Press the “ALT” on the keyboard until a boot option on your Mac screen, and make sure you have seen mac partition, windows / bootcamp partition and windows CD.
- Select the windows CD to run installation, and wait until you see text on your mac screen like “press any key to continue”
- Let your Mac do the Pre-installation of windows OS, until the selection of a partition
- Choose a Bootcamp partition that you have created before and format the partition with FAT32 or NTFS format.
- Begin the installation of windows and let it finish.
- When finished go into desktop windows, Insert your Mac OS X DVD to install the driver needed by windows OS.
- When finished, now start to install Linux Ubuntu
4. Ubuntu Linux Installation
- Insert your Ubuntu CD and restart your mac
- Press the “ALT” on the keyboard, until a boot option on your Mac screen, and make sure you have seen mac partition, windows / bootcamp partition and Ubuntu CD.
- Select the Ubuntu CD to run Ubuntu installation
- in the process of selecting a partition, you must delete the linux partition that you have created before using Disk utility
- And create 2 new partitions for Linux Ubuntu, first partition for / root (where to store Ubuntu OS files ) and the second partition for Swap with the space around 1GB or 2GB.
- Swap partitions are still needed for some software that running on the Linux Ubuntu operating system
- After the partition selection is complete click next
- Before the finish, click advanced, select the installation of GRUB (boot) in the / dev/sda/(your Ubuntu partition Drive name) and not in hd0
- Start installation as usual until finish
5. installation Boot Menu
After three operating system was installed on your Mac (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux Ubuntu), you should do next is install the Boot menu application, to be able to choose one of the main operating system that we’ve previously installed on Mac machine, we will use rEFIt Boot Menu application, if you do not have the rEFIt boot Menu applications you can download it for free on the rEFIt official website, Login into your Mac OS X desktop, and install refit until complete, and restart your Mac, and make sure you have seen the three operating system options to boot (Mac OS X, windows and Ubuntu Linux). Good luck.
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