FC5 and Mac OS X

wwp subscript at free.fr
Tue Jul 11 14:31:00 UTC 2006

Hello Steven,

On Tue, 11 Jul 2006 07:21:23 -0700 Steven Ringwald <SRingwald at telesmartnetworks.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 2006-07-10 at 18:23 -0700, Matt Beals wrote:
> > I'd like to install FC5 on my Apple PowerBook G4. I would prefer to  
> > not have to reformat and partition my hard drive to do this. Has  
> > anyone tried this? What do you think?
> It is a great idea, actually. I did this exact thing on my MacMini
> (which I believe is also a G4). What I ended up doing is buying a
> firewire drive, using DiskTool (I believe) to create a backup of my
> current system volume, change the boot device to be the firewire drive,
> reboot (now off of Firewire rather than the internal hard-drive),
> repartition  the internal drive into two partitions (with the first
> being for MacOS and the rest being for Linux), and then copied the
> firewire partition back, remarked the internal drive's MacOS partition
> as the boot boot-drive, and voila! internal drive resized.
> Then I just followed the directions in the FC5 Anaconda installer,
> making sure that I didn't blow away the MacOS partition.
> If anything goes wrong, you can always plug that firewire drive back in,
> press Option-F (I think that is the combo) while booting, and it will
> boot off firewire instead of the internal device.
> Hope this helps. It was off the top of my head. I can point you to more
> detailed directions, if you need.

Why not using bootcamp for this? There have been experiences reported
here, but you can also look here:


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