Is it too old to convert to Linux OS?
If it's possible …or realistic… I'd like to convert or add a Linux OS to my beloved iMac desktop. I LOVE this piece of hardware!! It's great! But generally, philosophically, politically, as dot.org, open-source kinda-girl… it really !#^&@! me off that there are no options for this awesome piece of equipment…b/c of Apple’s bogus proprietary OS stuff. grrrr I stopped by my small, local computer shop yesterday and they told me that they do install Linux for people… but they wouldn't even consider doing it on a machine this old! :( It's a mid-2011, 27”, 3.1 GHzm Intel i5, 16 GBm 1333 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1024 MB. It’s MORE than adequate for my needs. It says it’s running OS X El Capitan but I’m pretty sure the guy I bought it from told me he had upgraded it to High Sierra. But apparently, according to the technician at the computer repair store yesterday…it’s just too old to be worth it…in his opinion. So, I thought I’d see about getting a second opinion here. I believe in reusing stuff as much as possible. And budget constraints limit constantly buying new devices.
I’d probably need to hire / pay someone to do this, as it think it would likely be beyond my ability. I have a friend who has Linux on his laptop…and it doesn’t seem difficult to use. But, my experience is pretty limited with Linux, mostly to his, which I’ve rarely used. I used Windows 1994-2004, switched to Mac at that time, stayed with Mac, but occasionally had to bounce around between Mac and Windows, I’m not especially tech-smart. Although I learned how to FTP files back in early 2000’s. I can usually manage some simple stuff. I’ve heard LOTS of people say -over the years- “Don’t do this, unless you are very tech savvy…Linux will be too problematic for you.” Which is always disappointing…b/c I like to think I’m reasonably intelligent. Any thoughts, or feedback?
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Do you want to do a dual boot or just run linux?
par Andrew S
@andrewsawesome I'm not sure. I used to run Windows on my Mac with something called Parallel...Or something like that. Can't remember at the moment. I remember it being a bit of a hassle to boot up in that program, and the display was weird. So I ended up not using it much. But I'm sure things have progressed a LOT since then. And maybe it would be easier, more seamless now to run both (which I assume is what you mean by 'dual boot.') It would be great (easier) for me to continue to be able to use my Mac as I'm used to it....while I get familiar with the new Linux OS. And then I could slowly ease into that as the primary. So, I think that would probably be my preference...unless it makes things more complicated or glitchy. Thanks for responding to my question :) Have a Beautiful Day...
par Gerry Frederich
Hey there, I totally understand where you're coming from! I totally agree with your philosophy of reusing stuff as much as possible.