In my quest for Ultimate Freelancer Flexibility, I have purchased a MacBook, so that I can run Linux, Windows and Mac and be able to walk in to any development environment and start work instantly. No more installing software or waiting for passwords!
OS X comes with Boot Camp, which enables a dual OS X/Windows machine. But it’s no good for Linux.
First you install Windows (and the Boot Camp drivers from the Mac Boot Camp application), and then, hopefully, Linux. billsdon.com has a separate blog post about how to install Linux Mint 12. Boy, it’s a bit convoluted. And, in my own techimpatient world, it didn’t work very well.
However, I had two problems with 12.04. Firstly, the trackpad was 'sticking'. Secondly, and more importantly, I really don’t like the Unity interface. How do you get rid of the left hand menu? Eh? And how do you launch an application using the built-in keystroke launcher? I searched for 30 minutes and couldn’t find the documentation. Maybe it was the Mac keys but still, I lost the will to live (with Unity).
Yet again, Linux Mint stepped admirably up to the mark. Linux Mint 13 has just been released, so I gave the Cinnamon desktop version a go. It installed even more easily than Ubuntu 12.04, and the trackpad worked out of the box.
So my advice to anyone wanting to triple boot their own Mac would be to try Linux Mint 13.