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do you have to run boot camp?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:48 am    Post subject: do you have to run boot camp? Reply with quote

I've been trying to find out without blowing up my current mini install, do you have to run boot camp to run a alternate os?

The size and power consumption of the mini would be a excellent fit in a few spots for me but would need to *gasp* run something other than osx.

It would be awesome in my case if vmware's esxi ran on it natively.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All bootcamp is, is a tool to setup your partitions for installing, normally, Windows.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You definitely don't have to run BootCamp to run an alternate os. In fact, I am answering your question running a Linux distro (openSuse) on VirtualBox on my MacBook Pro. This is a free virtualization program, and there are also paid choices that offer a few extra bells and whistles: VMware Fusion and Parallels desktop. Both of these can be downloaded for free for 30 day evaluations. Any of these will run Windows (various flavours) as well as Linux and I think all will run BSD and Solaris as well.
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