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I will be getting a Mac G4 laptop, will post the exact specs when I get it, and I was wondering if it would be safe to install Ubuntu alongside OSX (probably tiger) and would the hardware (graphics, sound, HDD size) be enough?

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As Apple is always ahead of the hardware curve I'd bet on it that it will work. I have a Mac that is 6 years old that I run the current version without any issues.

The only "trick" is to install which will allow you to boot from into Ubuntu.

Ubuntu has always been better than the other distroes when it comes to installing and recognizing OSX partitions.

I recommend you use mac tools to resize the partition to make room. I used gparted and it took for ever, like an hour, whereas the mac tool takes minutes.

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Can I use GRUB/BURG to boot into Ubuntu? BTW..Thanks for the answer – RPi Awesomeness Mar 18 '13 at 15:14
Never did it the grub way as I hate having to press the special keys to active the "alternate" boot mode. So I have always used refit. In fact I'm using a mac air at the moment with refit. The only downside is resume mode battery life suffers in Ubuntu, otherwise Ubuntu is WAY better than OSX. – Meer Borg Mar 18 '13 at 15:16
Ok, so your saying I should go with rEFIT (maybe Boot Camp) over GRUB? Thanks! I will remember that when I get the mac! – RPi Awesomeness Mar 18 '13 at 15:18
Tiger has no bootcamp if I remember, bootcamp is also for Windows only – Meer Borg Mar 18 '13 at 15:20

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