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    Question Live Ubuntu on Macbook Air ?

    I use Ubuntu on my PC desktop+laptop, but my friend just bought a Macbook air (the larger model, not the 10") and I am wondering if anybody knows of if a version of Ubuntu exists that will boot live off e.g. a USB stick that will work with his Mac?

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    Re: Live Ubuntu on Macbook Air ?

    It can be somewhat troublesome to get something other than the Mac OS to boot on Apple hardware. One problem is that they use EFI instead of BIOS. If you Google you can find several tutorials for running/installing Ubuntu on an Intel Mac. You will likely have to install a slightly different EFI (an upgrade?). There is both rEFIt and rEFInd which are variously better at locating and launching other operating systems.
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    Re: Live Ubuntu on Macbook Air ?

    Here's a resource you can check, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CategoryMac. There are several links for MacBook Air.
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

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