openSUSE 11.3 installation on Mac (Boot Camp)


Does anyone try installing Linux on Boot Camp?
I am about to dual boot Mac OS X 10.6.4 with openSUSE 11.3 in my MBP 13".
However, I still don’t have any idea whether it’s going to work or not since Apple doesn’t issue any support for dual booting Mac and Linux.

Many thanks… :smiley:

I tried to run Linux natively on My Mac Pro and it is possible to run some Distributions with some knowledge and research along with installing rEFIt ( I did this on a separate hard-drive within my Mac Pro box, however the problems were immense. I reformatted and tried the install about 10 different ways and concluded this does not work well. If you want to run any Linux version on your Mac, do yourself a favor and buy Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac. I have this installed and have about 14 different Distributions of Linux running perfectly on it. It is also a way to avoid the hassle of wireless driver issues because you are running it in your Mac environment. This isn’t like the old virtual desktop applications that ran so slow you could not experience a true version of your install it works quite well.
So in conclusion: if you can afford to buy the Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, do it and enjoy as many Linux Disrto’s as you care to install, otherwise you may face a long road of reformatting and reinstalling your Mac setup.

Hi My2CentsWorth,

Thnx for the advise. :slight_smile:
How do you find parallel desktop 5? Does it run smooth and fast?
I used VMware in Windows to run Linux last time and I found it very heavy and the 3D graphics features can’t be enabled.


I have used VMware in the past also however not a recent version so I can’t compare apples to apples but I can say running Linux on Parallel Desktop 5 for Mac has been great. Not slow and not difficult to install a large library of different Linux Distributions you can switch back and forth with to play with and try them all out. I have to say for me it has been a blast.
You should download the 30 day trial and play with it yourself to see if it is right for you. Try before you buy is always the way to go if it is offered.
Have Fun.

I completely agree: I’ve been testing both Ubuntu and OpenSuSE on Fusion and VirtualBox and they behave fluidly, fast and allow to perform even heavy numerical simulations in reasonable time, while I work on the Mac.
Although VirtualBox does the job very well, I prefer Fusion… but it is of course a matter of taste.
My advise is to give the virtualization softwares a try before deciding to install Linux via Bootcamp.