How to Install Ubuntu on the Mac Mini
I looked all over for documentation on how to install Ubuntu on the now fairly old Intel based Mac Mini, however all I saw were complex guides that involved multiple steps that were very confusing. So instead of doing all that I’m going to give you simple step by step instructions as an alternative that anyone can follow!
- Intel Based Mac Mini
- 1 Gigabyte or larger USB stick
- A monitor, USB keyboard, USB mouse
- Ubuntu 11.10 ISO
- rEFIt Disk Image
Now Lets Get Started
Step 1. First download the Ubuntu 11.10 ISO.
Step 2. Download/Install the rEFIt Disk Image for your Mac.
Step 3. Download/Install Unetbootin.
Step 4. Install your Ubuntu ISO to your USB stick by opening Unetbootin and near the bottom changing your option of install to ISO and browse to the file.
Step 5. Reboot your Mac… Twice. (For some reason Unetbootin requires 2 reboots)
Step 6. On the second reboot hold down the option key (alt key) and select USB Linux from the two boot options.
Step 7. Run the Ubuntu installer, during the install selected use all space and there you go you now have a fully installed version of Ubuntu on your Mac Mini.
Step 8. To get Ubuntu working properly your going to need Wi-Fi and graphics drivers. To get those simply plug your Mac Mini into a tethered Ethernet connection and go to System Settings in Ubuntu and click on Additional Drivers and install them!
I hope those 8 steps didn’t intimidate you too much, because running Ubuntu on my Mac Mini is like getting a new computer! Between the sluggishness of OSX, and the amount of files I had on my hard drive it had been running extremely poorly. I plan on turning the Mac Mini into a headless server soon. If you have any more questions regarding Linux or installing it on OSX feel free to leave me a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.