Linux on the new Macs?

Linux on the new Macs?

Summary: eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on the new Intel powered Macs: For XP users, the problem is that Apple uses Intel's EFI (extensible firmware interface) rather than a BIOS.

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eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on the new Intel powered Macs:

For XP users, the problem is that Apple uses Intel's EFI (extensible firmware interface) rather than a BIOS. Windows, generally speaking, can't run on top of EFI....As for Linux, though, Intel has already provided a native Linux bootloader for EFI: ELILO (EFI Linux Boot Loader). With this you can boot Linux, even Linux that isn't EFI aware, without much trouble.

In his headline, Vaughan-Nichols calls this Linux Macintel.  

Related: Dan Farber writes Running Windows on Intel Macs.

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  • So if

    If LILO can boot Linux and Windows on a normal computer with a BIOS, and ELILO can boot Linux on a computer with EFI, can ELILO boot Windows on a computer with EFI? In other words, will a 10 MB Linux partition cure your Windows booting woes?

    Or does Windows need the BIOS even after boot time? I think I remember reading that Linux does not, so that could make a difference.

    Well anyway, Linux running QEMU or VMWare would work in either case, so long as you aren't using DirectX on any of your Windows apps.
    Michael Kelly
  • Not sure if you're right here

    Intel (Australia) says that XP boots just fine on EFI:

    http://www.apcmag.com/apc/v3.nsf/0/64E7EA353646669ECA2570F50012430B
    tic swayback
    • Yes, I would agree....

      I myself , do have a MacPro QuadCore Workstation with Xeon processors/ efi boot.

      XP does install and boot. It is just slower at boot up.

      Fedora 10 boots fine with boot on MBR sector of partition.

      Ubunutu , default install works fine also.

      Fedora 10 KDE 4.2 .... rocks! :)

      Kurt
      kkalinux