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Installing Vinux 3.0.1 on a Mac

by Jason Miller

This is a sample Mac installation. The phrase "like you usually would" refers to the installation instructions in "Getting Started" in this manual.


  • Intel based Macbook v3.1 (late 2007)
  • 2.2 GHz core 2 duo processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Hitachi 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA3 HDD


  • Vinux 3.0.1 X64 DVD - Based on Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS. Note: After testing the various versions of Vinux 3.0.1, I found this one worked best

Step 1 - Burning the ISO to a DVD (in OSX):

  1. After downloading ISO, open Utilities > Disk Utility.
  2. In the disk selection table, arrow down to Vinux 3.0.1 X64.
  3. With blank DVD in drive, Hit Command + B.
  4. Move to "Okay" to start burning process and wait until finished.

Step 2 - Setting up Mac Hard Drive for installation (in OSX)

  1. Open Utilities > Bootcamp Assistant.
  2. Press "Continue" on first screen.
  3. Partition as you would for Windows, remembering you need enough space for Vinux, SWAP space, and a shared folder. You have two choices here.
    • Click the "Use 32 GB" button or
    • Adjust partition size manually and continue.
    • Note: The divider between "Windows" and "OSX" is now accessible.
  4. When DVD is finished burning, and bootcamp is finished resizing your partition, reboot, and hold "C" after you hear the Mac startup sound.`Note: I suggest you possibly wait about 10 seconds, or until you hear the DDVD being read before letting go of the "C" key

Step 3 - installation of Vinux

  1. On the Live DVD go to desktop Control + Alt + Tab and arrow down to "Install Vinux 3.0.1" and hit enter.
  2. Follow steps 1 and 2 and click continue like you usually would.
  3. On keyboard selection tab until you get to variant, and then arrow down to USA - Macintosh then continue.
  4. On "Where do you want to install" choose "Select manually" and click continue.
  5. on the partition select screen, arrow down to the FAT32 partition (usually SDA3) and then tab down to delete
  6. Now that that area is free space, select it, and hit space bar and begin partitioning to X4 filesystem and use "/" as it's label. Note: Don't use the entire space as you still need freespace for SWAP, and a shared folder)
  7. Repeat last step on new free space area. Note: now after "SDA 4 X4 filesystem "/" - there will be free space left over in the amount of what you wanted for shared folders.
  8. Go through the rest of the setup steps as you normally would, and let it install, making sure you leave the "Advanced" button on the last screen alone as you could damage the EFI boot manager that Macintosh computers use.
  9. Click Reboot to finish installation. You'll need to power off the Mac with the power button after Vinux has finished talking and power it on manually. Note: make sure as well, you don't hear the hard drive being written to.
  10. When you hear the Mac startup sound after powering up, hit and hold the "Option" key. Note: I usually give it about 10 seconds here as well
  11. Hit tab, then enter to select Vinux. Note: This will show up as Windows still on the boot selection to anyone with sight. Now you are up and running, with almost everything working as you'd suspect.
  12. Now, edit the last amount of free space that you set aside for shared folders using Gparted partition editor. Main Menu> system >Administration> Gparted

Optional Steps

Here are some optional steps for you to help configure a few things if you'd like.

Accessing the Media keys with Fn

"Function and Media Keys:

When you initially boot into Vinux for the first time, you'll notice you can't just hit Alt+F4 to close a window, Alt+F2 for the run box, or Alt+F1 to get to the main menu. Instead Vinux initially boots with the F keys acting as the Macintosh's media set - F7 as previous track, F9 as next track, F10 to mute, F11 to decrease volume, and F12 to increase volume, and so on). So you need to use Fn+Function key to access the Function keys as normal (Fn+Alt+F4 to close a window, or Fn+Alt+F1 for the main menu and so on).

How to Switch This Around

To swap this so the function keys use their primary function, and to use Fn+Function key for the "media keys" follow these steps:"

  1. Open a terminal session - Control + Alt + T
  2. Navigate to the /ETC directory.
    cd /etc/
  3. open Nano to edit the "rc.local" file -
    sudo Nano -w rc.local

    «li>Arrow all the way down until you hear 'exit 0' and then back up once to the empty space.

  4. Hit enter to give yourself a new line and then type -
    echo 2 > /sys/module/hid_apple/parameters/fnmode
  5. Close file and exit nano. (this command does both at once) -
    Control + x
  6. You will be asked if you would like to overwrite the existing file. Hit "Y" to replace it.
  7. Reboot and now the media keys are accessed with the Fn key.

The trackpad

I hate the trackpad on my Macbook, it seems to get in the way of my typing, as it's extremely sensitive. If you'd like to turn it off as well:

  1. Open terminal - Control + Alt + T.
  2. Install Synaptic Pointing Devices -
    sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics gpointing-device-settings

    Note: This will install "Pointing Devices" in Main Menu>system>preferences.

  3. In "Pointing Devices" you can select "off" for your trackpad, and you need to use the Flat review cursor to move down to the "Okay" button. Note: only if you notice that upon your next boot into Vinux, the mouse is turned on after a few moments of keyboard activity, go into System>preferences>Mouse and on the "Trackpad" tab, uncheck the "disable trackpad when typing" box.

Closing Remarks

I really hope this helps any Macintosh users that are thinking of, or trying to use Vinux and don't want to use a virtual machine. I am by no means a Vinux master, and am actually quite new at it myself. I'm nothing more than a determined blind individual that hunted and searched to be able to provide the easiest way for other Mac users to install this as (hopefully) painlessly as possible. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, post on The Vinux Support Forum or feel free to email me directly at Hobbgoblin79 at gmail dot com. Note: Remember to replace the word "at" with the at sign "@" and the word "dot" with a period ".".

mac_install.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/11 22:47 (external edit)