It is really easy to install Linux (Ubuntu) on an Outdated iMac



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Older iMacs (and windows machines) can have new life and 2020 software with Linux, and the process is actually very easy.
– Download Ubuntu
– Download Balena Etcher
– Insert the USB stick
– Launch Balena Etcher and install Ubuntu on the USB stick
– Insert USB stick on your Mac you want to update
– Hold Option on startup (or ALT on a windows keyboard)
– Select ‘Install’ when Ubuntu comes alive!

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Devin BARTON

Devin BARTON

I am an avid Linux lover and open source enthusiast. I use Ubuntu and believe in sharing knowledge. Apart from Linux, I love classic detective mysteries.

37 thoughts on “It is really easy to install Linux (Ubuntu) on an Outdated iMac

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Congrats on the video! I've been running Linux Mint on My 21" Mid 2011 iMac but I am dual booting it. I've got some problems because I totally forgot that Linux does not recognize the new Mac Format APFS or something like that. The rest is just fine. found a daemon that automatically triggers the fan (mbpfan). I use it to music production. I would love to get this dual boot thing resolved. I believe that pretty soon I'll find some fix for it. I will try to erase everything and start over to see if I can get it better. I have two Disks: One HD (2TB spinning Drive) contains my /home and my High Sierra Files. The system is on another (SSD) and I have created a partition in the SSD just for recording (DAW) and video editing (KDEnlive). The only thing bugging me is the Dual boot
    Great Hi from Brazil!!

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Which format should the usb stick be?

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    haha nice i looked up old linux mac and this video came up and works.

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    I couldn't get etcher to work on my PC, all I get is a grey window. Any other suggestions?

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    I gave up after 10 tries. After downloading unbuntu 1. do I open the unbuntu file? Then what? I downloaded the Balana, then what? My cursor gets a red slash when I scroll over the flash.This is as far as I got…help!

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    The only thing that I like is FaceTime. I used to install Ubuntu on my old Mac Mini (2009) since the hardware didn't get any latest update anymore. I probably will do the same for my current device if it still around when the time comes.

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    My keyboard takes a while to link into the computer, so i cant open the bootable option while the start up… is there a command i can type on Terminal to open the bootable mode and us emy bootable drive to install linux in my mac?

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Hi How to switch back to Mac OS ? I can see I always get Ubuntu no OS Switch option, can please tell me how get that done ?

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    For older hardware it's a better idea to install light Linux distros. Ubuntu with Gnome is quite resource heavy. Linux Mint Mate or Ubuntu Mate would be a better choice if you want the machine to be responsive and have more resources for heavy software like web browser, games or graphics and video editors. You can always customize your desktop with Plank and put taskbar on the top with some modifications to give it a MacOS like interface.

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    What format should the flashdrive be? What format the Mac drive? And, what type of computer you should use when flashing, Mac or PC, or either?

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    are there any features that won't work? I've upgraded my GPU (K1000m) and CPU (3.4Ghz Xeon E3-1275) on my 2011 iMac and am not happy with all the hackintoshing to get the sleep, brightness, updates, etc going. I'm not at all invested in Apple ecosystem and AM quite comfortable with linux.

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Can i download and do it on a windows computer burn it then use it on the mac

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Just a quick one, anybody know how to get task manager on ubuntu with a mac keyboard?

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Hi Curtis,

    Tried this with an old MacBook Pro (Late 2007 – Early 2008) and not sure what format the USB or the new SSD I've put in the Macbook Pro needs to be?

    Thanks in advance!

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Thanks for this. Used this tutorial to install Ubuntu 20.4 on my mid 2010 macbook pro. Works great, use it as my main computer now

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    I have the 2008 iMac and it's impossible to find the right graphic driver for the Radeon HD 2600 XT. Black screen after grub no matter what parameter I add.
    edit: Ubuntu 14.04 works.

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    @curtis. Happen to know of an app on Linux that can replace iTunes from the Mac? I've built a good music collection (MP3) and burn CDs on the Mac.

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Some distro's run great out of the box on old 2009 macbook pro, some might have issues (with the nvidia driver in particular) – most ubuntu based distro's seem to run fine (older version Zorin OS had terrible glitches, same with elementary os). Ubuntu runs fine, Ubuntu Mate runs great, deepin OS ran great on it, now it's running Mint Mate. Generally, on my 2009 15 inch, i need to install the nvidia legacy driver to make the machine play nice with an external monitor. Other than that: runs super smooth, fast, runs all the latest FOS software… Gives these older macs a new lease of life !

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Thanks Curtis!! Just followed your steps and installed Ubuntu on Mac Pro as the main OS.

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    Thanks for making this video, mate. By installing Ubuntu on an old Mac, will this cause any issues in terms of hardware not working properly (e.g. wifi, bluetooth, video, webcam etc.)?

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    On my iMac mid2011 neither basic things like my Magic Mouse nor Magic keyboard worked. Tried it several times. Linux mostly seems to need some hacking to work.

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