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Porteus on Mac Laptop

Post#1 by wread » 16 Feb 2011, 13:21

@fanthom, @brokenman:
One of my students of Informatics for Civil Engineers put a Porteus 09-32 CD in his Mac-Laptop and started it. I was attonished to see that it worked!!!!
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Re: Porteus on Mac Laptop

Post#2 by fanthom » 16 Feb 2011, 15:08

would be nice to check if booting from usb is also possible. Have seen an support for reading/writing hfs+ so accessing of MAC partitions should be there.
If it's not, then i maybe we could change the kernel config to make it available :)

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Re: Porteus on Mac Laptop

Post#3 by wread » 16 Feb 2011, 16:07

@fanthom
I remember the student choose Load in Ram; tomorrow afternoon he will come again to laboratory, I'll make the test with usb and inform you, also the specific Mac model. Imagine Porteus V1.0-multiplataform!!

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Post#4 by brokenman » 17 Feb 2011, 09:06

Yes i saw quite a few kernel options for mac. It shouldn't have any problems since i believe Mac OS X is using the XNU operating system kernel which is a Mach kernel derivative. I can't imagine someone would pay all that money for a mac, then replace the OS with linux.
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Re: Porteus on Mac Laptop

Post#5 by wread » 17 Feb 2011, 14:59

@brokenman
This is right with the expensive Mac, and that's even the point: normally Mac-owners look down to us PC-owners.

Imagine the reaction of that guy, when you said: "please, may I use your Mac to take a look at some files I have in this USB-stick?" :%)

And, when the 64-bits version will be doing all the 3D pirouettes with KDE4, the sensation of triumph will then be superb!, won't it? =@

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Post#6 by brokenman » 17 Feb 2011, 20:55

Most certainly. A photo of their facial expression from their builtin webcam would be ideal, but i fear you would have to download the camera drivers, then tweak the .rc file a little and finally find you needed to modprobe the kernel module.

.... But you would look way cool doing it!
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Re: Porteus on Mac Laptop

Post#7 by wread » 12 Mar 2011, 20:03

@fanthom

I owe you this answer:
We tried usb on the Mac-Laptop. That model had no usb start option, it had only hd and cdrom.

So we started booting with the cd-rom to switch to plop. Plop presented the usb option okay, but the boot didn't work. :(

Something is missing on the usb side of the Mac, I think.
The usb we used was formatted for windows, vfat or ntfs, whatever usual in ms.

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Re: Porteus on Mac Laptop

Post#8 by fanthom » 12 Mar 2011, 21:44

plug usb stick with porteus on it to Mac usb port then boot from CD with 'nocd' cheatcode - will work for 99% :D
(Mac usb controller must be supported by the kernel)

will add it to the tips and tricks too :)

Yes - i know that it's now what we wont here. At least we should know if controller is supported by Porteus kernel. I'm aware that bypassing Efi ( Mac BIOS) limitations may be a quite hard task.
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Re: Porteus on Mac Laptop

Post#9 by francois » 20 Aug 2013, 00:54

@wread:
What was the version of mac os? I have a mac laptop circa 2004 with mac os x 10.3.9, a powerbook g4. My impression is that it is too old.

I don't even get in the bios with command+o+f
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