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iMac triple-boot (Part 1): The perfect partitioning scheme ;) June 18, 2008

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Hi Guyz,
Welcome to my 2 parts guide on how to configure the iMAC for a typical triple boot configuration topped with some little extra goodies.

The system I want shall definitively include:

  1. Mac OS 10.5.3 Leopard
  2. Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 “Lenny” (64 bit)
  3. Windows Vista (32 bit)

In order to achieve this we will go through the following steps:

  1. Repartition the Hard Drive in order to accommodate the other OSs
  2. Install a boot manager (rEFIt)
  3. Install Debian
  4. Install Vista
  5. Finalize the process (clean and minor other stuff).

The first two steps will be covered in this post, while the others will be covered in the upcoming post “iMac triple-boot (Part 2): OSs installation“.

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A new ERA… June 16, 2008

Posted by idebian in Apple, Hardware.
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I am back online and a new era is going to start …

After spending a couple of months trying to configure the ATI HD2600 under Linux (for 3D and H264 video) … I just gave up.
Sorry for this guys but … I think I will never buy an ATI card again if they don’t fix this situation. ATI’s Linux support really sucks!

Anyway, back in March Apple presented the new iMAC family which spotted a top level machine with the nVidia 8800 GS chipset equipped with 512MB of RAM: that was something I couldn’t miss!!!
On last Saturday I trade my “old” iMAC for such a new “Siluro” (torpedo in Italian) and here we start again with iDebian.

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iMac 24″ Hardware configuration March 19, 2008

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Here we are guyz 🙂

Let’s start from scratch looking at the iMac hardware specs: it will be useful to proper identify hardware peripherals and choose the right software and drivers for our beast!

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