Installing Vinux 3.0.1 on a Mac
by Jason Miller
This is a sample Mac installation. The phrase "like you usually would" refers to the installation
instructions in "Getting Started" in this manual.
based Macbook v3.1 (late 2007)
GHz core 2 duo processor
250 GB 7200 RPM SATA3 HDD
3.0.1 X64 DVD - Based on Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS. Note: After
testing the various versions of Vinux 3.0.1, I found this one worked
Step 1 - Burning the ISO to a DVD (in OSX):
downloading ISO, open Utilities > Disk Utility.
the disk selection table, arrow down to Vinux 3.0.1 X64.
blank DVD in drive, Hit Command + B.
to "Okay" to start burning process and wait until
Step 2 - Setting up Mac Hard Drive for
installation (in OSX)
- Open Utilities > Bootcamp
- Press "Continue" on
- Partition as you would for
Windows, remembering you need enough space for Vinux, SWAP space,
and a shared folder. You have two choices here.
When DVD is finished
burning, and bootcamp is finished resizing your partition, reboot,
and hold "C" after you hear the Mac startup sound.
`Note: I suggest you possibly wait about 10
seconds, or until you hear the DDVD being read before letting go of
the "C" key
- Click the "Use 32 GB"
- Adjust partition size manually
The divider between "Windows" and "OSX" is now
Step 3 - installation of Vinux
- On the Live DVD go to
desktop Control + Alt + Tab and arrow down to "Install Vinux
3.0.1" and hit enter.
- Follow steps 1 and 2 and
click continue like you usually would.
- On keyboard selection tab
until you get to variant, and then arrow down to USA - Macintosh
- On "Where do you want
to install" choose "Select manually" and click
- on the partition select
screen, arrow down to the FAT32 partition (usually SDA3) and then
tab down to delete
- Now that that area is free
space, select it, and hit space bar and begin partitioning to X4
filesystem and use "/" as it's label. Note: Don't
use the entire space as you still need freespace for SWAP, and a
- Repeat last step on new
free space area. Note: now after "SDA 4 X4 filesystem
"/" - there will be free space left over in the amount of
what you wanted for shared folders.
- Go through the rest of the
setup steps as you normally would, and let it install, making sure
you leave the "Advanced" button on the last screen alone
as you could damage the EFI boot manager that Macintosh computers
- Click Reboot to finish
installation. You'll need to power off the Mac with the power button
after Vinux has finished talking and power it on manually. Note:
make sure as well, you don't hear the hard drive being written to.
- When you hear the Mac
startup sound after powering up, hit and hold the "Option"
key. Note: I usually give it about 10 seconds here as well
- Hit tab, then enter to
select Vinux. Note: This will show up as Windows still on the
boot selection to anyone with sight. Now you are up and running,
with almost everything working as you'd suspect.
- Now, edit the last amount
of free space that you set aside for shared folders using Gparted
partition editor. Main Menu> system >Administration>
Here are some optional steps for you to help
configure a few things if you'd like.
Accessing the Media keys with Fn
"Function and Media Keys:
When you initially boot into Vinux for the first
time, you'll notice you can't just hit Alt+F4 to close a window,
Alt+F2 for the run box, or Alt+F1 to get to the main menu. Instead
Vinux initially boots with the F keys acting as the Macintosh's media
set - F7 as previous track, F9 as next track, F10 to mute, F11 to
decrease volume, and F12 to increase volume, and so on). So you need
to use Fn+Function key to access the Function keys as normal
(Fn+Alt+F4 to close a window, or Fn+Alt+F1 for the main menu and so
How to Switch This Around
To swap this so the function keys use their
primary function, and to use Fn+Function key for the "media
keys" follow these steps:"
- Open a terminal session -
Control + Alt + T
- Navigate to the /ETC
- open Nano to edit the
"rc.local" file -
sudo Nano -w rc.local
- Arrow all the way down
until you hear 'exit 0' and then back up once to the empty space.
- Hit enter to give yourself
a new line and then type -
echo 2 > /sys/module/hid_apple/parameters/fnmode
- Close file and exit nano.
(this command does both at once) -
Control + x
- You will be asked if you
would like to overwrite the existing file. Hit "Y" to
- Reboot and now the media
keys are accessed with the Fn key.
I hate the trackpad on my Macbook, it seems to get
in the way of my typing, as it's extremely sensitive. If you'd like
to turn it off as well:
- Open terminal - Control +
Alt + T.
- Install Synaptic Pointing
sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics gpointing-device-settings
Note: This will install "Pointing Devices" in Main
- In "Pointing Devices"
you can select "off" for your trackpad, and you need to
use the Flat review cursor to move down to the "Okay"
button. Note: only if you notice that upon your next boot
into Vinux, the mouse is turned on after a few moments of keyboard
activity, go into System>preferences>Mouse and on the
"Trackpad" tab, uncheck the "disable trackpad when
I really hope this helps any Macintosh users that
are thinking of, or trying to use Vinux and don't want to use a
virtual machine. I am by no means a Vinux master, and am actually
quite new at it myself. I'm nothing more than a determined blind
individual that hunted and searched to be able to provide the easiest
way for other Mac users to install this as (hopefully) painlessly as
possible. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, post on The Vinux Support Forum or feel free to email me directly at Hobbgoblin79
at gmail dot com. Note: Remember to replace the word "at"
with the at sign "@" and the word "dot" with a