Re: Installing a bootloader on a Mac Mini without OSX
On Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:25:37 -0500
Brian Sammon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Is there a way to install Debian/Linux on this machine that doesn't involve > buying or borrowing (or "borrowing") a copy of OSX? Is it easier to install > linux on a USB disk and run it off of that?
I've tried the i386 install (v7.7) CD multiple times and I've tried having it put GRUB on the MBR and on the partition and neither way resulted in a bootable install.
The Wheezy 7.7 amd64 install CD doesn't boot at all. Appears to be the same issue as bug #744959:
I found a Lenny amd64 install CD, and it boots, but with no better results than the Wheezy i386 install CD.
Ubuntu has IntelMac-specific ISOs, I'll probably try one of those soon.
> Two particular subtasks that I may need to do that seem to require OSX:
> 1) "Blessing" a partition
Still learning about this, but it appears that there are non-OSX options
> 2) Checking what version of firmware it has (some versions have BIOS
I've been playing with a rEFInd (http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/) boot CD and it has a function for reporting your firmware version.
Also, Apple's website doesn't list any firmware updates for my 2007 Mac Mini, so this is a moot point in my case.