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#1 2010-07-16 21:21:55

From: Blacksburg, VA
Registered: 2008-05-05
Posts: 111

Arch Linux Live USB - On a Macbook

Hey guys, here's my idea:

I have a semi-old Macbook (2yrs) and I have a USB Stick (Corsair 32GB Voyager) that I want to put Arch with Awesome WM onto. Once I have this setup I want to be able to just semi occasionally boot off my Macbook into Arch. I don't want to touch the partitioning of the internal HDD.

I have some ideas, but I figured I might as well get input and see if anyone has personal experience in the matter.


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#2 2010-07-16 21:23:35

Registered: 2009-05-06
Posts: 25,433

Re: Arch Linux Live USB - On a Macbook

There are some folks here that run Arch of an external HDD, but I'm not one of them.


#3 2010-07-16 23:58:28

From: gordonsville,va
Registered: 2009-03-14
Posts: 144

Re: Arch Linux Live USB - On a Macbook

I have a ARCH testing with squashfs 4.0 Slax-like LiveCD/USB
and also a slightly older build using squashfs 3.4

see here

this is the newest and best

have no idea if it will run on Macbook
though the ZEN kernel has Mac drivers, etc
kernel 2.6.34-ZENa32

Right now I only have a semi-working script hdd installer
and a manual-install method thats easy

it also can run as persistent usb like Slax

Last edited by 72linus (2010-07-17 00:00:02)


#4 2010-07-17 12:22:26

From: Amiens (FR)
Registered: 2007-12-18
Posts: 232

Re: Arch Linux Live USB - On a Macbook

Macbook does not really handle booting from usb well. There are problems involving the firmware.

Linux (in my case Ubuntu) works quite well, and installing something like refit and adding another partition is not so complicated. I don't know much about bootcamp included on the latest mac os x releases. I installed Ubuntu 7.04 with a lot of tweaking at the time, and upgraded it every time a new version was out. Now I can boot either Tiger or 10.04 smile


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