How To Get Linux For Mac

11/26/2021by admin

Ok, you got a dual boot setup, you must of have used Bootcamp to create the partition and then installed Linux in there instead of Windows.

Insert a drive or CD containing your preferred OS. When starting up your Mac, hold down the button that gives you boot options. This could either be the 'C' key, 'F12' or 'F8'. Boot the CD or USB Drive with the new OS install on it and continue from there. It's possible to get the best of both Mac OS and Linux, but you need to learn how to install Linux on Mac. If you aren't a tech geek, or aren't good at hacking, you will need the assistance of reliable and efficient software, such as Parallels Desktop. Here is how to install Linux on Mac using the Parallels Desktop software. If you are using a point-and-click interface to run your Linux system, you can check your IP address by following these steps: 1. Go to the Application menu and type Settings into the search bar. Click on the Settings icon that appears among the results, as in the image below: 3. Next, find the Network tab in the Settings Menu and click on. See how well Ubuntu Linux runs on your Mac. You needn't throw out the baby with the bathwater and wipe your old Mac's hard drive clean before trying it out. All you need is a USB drive of a least 2GB in size and an internet connection to get started. Here's how to do it. Get your USB drive ready. Backup your Mac. Launch Disk Utility.

First thing to remmeber is Linux reformatted the partition to EXT when it installed.

Mac's can't read that format or even acknowledge it exists.

Second it's likely a sub partition called Linux Swap was also created as this is how Linux handles excess memory needs, by swapping the contents to a seperate partition for security.

It's possible this sub-partiton is under the main partition, so dealing with the main Linux partition should hopefully remove it in Step #4, else #2 or #3 will do it.

Step 1

The first order of business is your going to have to get a copy of your User file folders (Music, Documents, Pictures etc) out of OS X and onto a external hfs journaled (Disk Utility) formatted drive (not TimeMachine!) and disconnect this drive. (and any other drives as well so there are no mistakes)

You should also make a note of anything like serial numbers, email addreses or other things that are very important as you might be having to erase and reformat the entire drive and reinstalling OS X.


Note: Always keep a two copies of your vital data at all times.

Step 2

The absolute best method. If you have another blank external powered drive (not the one with your backup of files) then download the free to use Carbon Copy Cloner and simply clone (use the default settings for now) your OS X 10.6 to the external drive.

How To Get Linux For Mac

When that's finished you can hold the option key and boot the computer from it. Now your happy. 🙂

You can use Disk Utility on the clone to erase and format the entire drive, GUID partition map, HFS+ journaled and simply CCC back onto the internal drive.

Reboot and run ALL of OnyX's maintainence and cleaning aspects and reboot. Zoom 😉

Step 3:

Not the best method, but works, hold c and boot off the 10.6 installer disk, select Disk Utility and Erase the whole drive format hfs+ journaled and quit, reinstall OS X, Software Update, install programs from fresh sources and finally files from backup back into their respective folders like before (not Library, leave that alone)

When you enter the hard drive name, use the same name as before, when you go through setup, use the same username as before. This is important or you lose your pathnames to your iTunes music file locations and wind up with a bunch of exclamation points.

Step 4

Linux See Mac Address

A chance this might work and save yourself some work and be experimental before trying the Step 3 above. Go to Disk Utility and select the Linux partition, rename it BOOTCAMP and change the partition to MSDOS and let it rip. Then enter Bootcramps and see if it recognizes it and allows you to unpartiton it.

If it works then the 2 and 3 steps are obviously not needed, but #2 is advised as a bootable backup method in addition or surplanting TimeMachine as TM drives are NOT bootable. 😟

Sep 13, 2011 4:17 PM

We can find mac address (physical address) of a computer using the command ‘getmac‘. This can be used to get mac address for remote computers also. Below are few examples on how to use this command. It works on XP, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003 and Server 2008 operating systems.

Get mac addresses from CMD

Just run the command getmac to get the mac addresses. Find an example below.

This command does not show mac addresses for the network connections which are disabled. You can run ncpa.cpl and check which NICs are disabled. Further, I have received comments that this command does not help identify the mac address for a specific device. For example, if I need to get the mac address for my WiFi card, output of getmac command is not helpful. We can use ipconfig command to deal with this.

Get mac address of a remote computer


Check Mac Address Linux

We can retrieve the mac addressses for a remote computer using nbtstat command.

Alternatively, We can run the below command to retrieve the mac addresses of a remote computer.

remote_computer : Full name of the remote computer or IP address
username and password are of the account on the remote computer.


If you do not want to specify the password, you can skip /p parameter. You will be prompted to enter the password and the command execution will take place after that.


Using getmac command we can retrieve the mac addresses of the machines running windows OS only. If you try this for a Linux machine you would get the error “The RPC server is unavailable.”

If you provide incorrect password, the command would fail with the error message “Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password.

Also Read:
Windows CMD commands reference

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