How to Install Ubuntu 13.04 in Macbook Air

How to Install Ubuntu 13.04 in Macbook Air


How to install Ubuntu 13.04 in Macbook Air?


Download the Mac image from Ubuntu website and then follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Convert ISO into DMG:

~ hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o /Users/drpaneas/Downloads/raring-desktop-amd64+mac.img /Users/drpaneas/Downloads/raring-desktop-amd64+mac.iso

Step 2: Check your /dev/diskN

~ diskutil list
0: GUID_partition_scheme *121.3 GB disk0
1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 100.7 GB disk0s2
0: FDisk_partition_scheme *15.9 GB disk1
1: Windows_NTFS 15.9 GB disk1s1

Step 3: Unmount the USB-disk

~ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1
Unmount of all volumes on disk1 was successful

Step 4: Copy the DMG into the drive

~ sudo dd if=/users/drpaneas/Downloads/raring-desktop-amd64+mac.img.dmg of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m

One more thing, in order to be able to boot from other media you’re going to need rEFIT. Download and install it.

Once you’ve done with rEFIT (partition inspector), reboot your Macbook and hold ALT key in order to boot from the USB flash drive and begin the Ubuntu 13.04 installation.

  • sola

    Is this a refined distro with supporting all/most hw components of the Air?

    What hw components work and which don’t?

  • Anthony Venable

    Sounds great how would you install Ubuntu on a Mac Pro 1.1 onto a separate hard drive?

  • Panos Georgiadis

    everything (really) is working out of the box. You might want to do some configuration (there are many scripts available in the google) but in general it rocks.

  • Tom Walker

    Which model Macbook Air did did you use? Does it matter?

  • Panos Georgiadis

    mid 2011

  • Oliver

    Do you think that it works on a Macbook Air 1,1?… ohh and, it must be installed in a different partition than Mac OS X, right?… can´t have i installed only Ubuntu on my hard drive?