Friday, October 4, 2013

Ubuntu on early 2009 Mac Mini (3,1)

Well that was a pain but at least it seems to be working now. I wasted so much time on this that I figured it would be worth while leaving some notes.

Here's what didn't work:

  • Creating bootable USB drives using the following method
    • The default 64 bit 12.04.3 server image
    • The default 64 bit 12.04 desktop image
    • The default 64 bit 13.04 desktop image
    • All three of these show up as 3 options when booting and fail to start the installer
  • Then I discovered that there are mac specific images for 12.10 and 13.04 - I chanced upon these and never once saw them mentioned in any guide that I read elsewhere. Check the releases site, eg.
    • Still I had problems with 13.04 desktop - it installed but would not boot into the desktop unless I started it in recovery mode. I almost got caught up in trying to make this work but then remembered I only wanted a headless server install in the first place
So here's what did work:
  • The 64-bit Mac (AMD64) server install image worked fine and now I have what I wanted (almost - I would have preferred the 12.04.3 LTS version but I can live with 13.04)

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