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    I need a ubuntu mentor...

    Because I am at my wits end I have decided to make my first forum post. I believe my issue is with my hardware, but i would like others opinions before i completely scrap the whole project. Please, if your replies are not conducive, hold them to yourself. I have also noticed in my short time browsing linux forums, that there are alot of people who like to "talk-down" and otherwise belittle people, especially new comers.

    I purchased 2 Mac-Mini Servers (Late 2009) with the intention of running my companies website. I had read several places that these units run linux well, and read that linux was also a very secure way of hosting. I decided to put Linux Mint on these units due to the UI being pleasing and i have read that it is very "noob" friendly. Well, it seems that these units do not like Linux as well as i thought. The install hits a road block, or it does install and i can use mint for a day or so, before some catastrophe makes grub rescue come up and i have to try to re-install. I tried putting just regualr ol Ubuntu 17.1 on, and it just sits there on the splash screen, or when it does finally load, it hangs on the installer,

    Does anyone have anything I can try to finally get this installed? Im at my wits end.

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    Re: I need a ubuntu mentor...

    Moved to the Mint sub-forum.

    Hello!

    If anyone talks down to you here, we will take care of it. But please don't make demands of the community such as specifying the nature of responses you get.

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    Re: I need a ubuntu mentor...

    Using Linux on anything Apple is going to be problematic as Apple is extremely proprietary. You can probably find online tutorials on getting some Linux to function on Apple machines but it will probably be a convoluted process. The information you post on the problems is far too vague for anyone to give you any practical suggestions.

    What 'road block', specifics please. grub rescue means a problem with the bootloader which is not likely to occur unless some change in it occurs. Are these UEFI machines, is Mint installed UEFI?

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    Re: I need a ubuntu mentor...

    I'm not saying this will work, but it did for me. I had an old i-mac and I took the hard drive out, put it in a pc and installed Lubuntu, then put the hard drive back in the i-mac and everything worked except the bluetooth keyboard. It was only an experiment/goofing around/ I was bored type of thing but it did work.

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    Re: I need a ubuntu mentor...

    I do not know Mac.
    but have these now older threads where some were minis.

    [SOLVED] Video performance of Ubuntu 16.04 on 2007 Mac Mini 2,1 (Intel Integrated 945GM/GMS)
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2349732
    Ubuntu 15.04 on Mac Mini 2,1 with EFI boot (2007 Intel)
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2287767
    Mac Mini
    http://heeris.id.au/2014/ubuntu-plus-mac-pure-efi-boot/
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/56340...without-refind
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...0#post13355890
    UEFI boot install & repair info - Regularly Updated :
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: I need a ubuntu mentor...

    With eight-year-old computers, they sometimes have a marginal amount of memory such as 1 GB. Do you know how much these units have?

    Also, Mint (Cinnamon) and Ubuntu are both fairly heavy users of resources. You might get better results by using Lubuntu, Xubuntu or Mint Mate.

    Even better would be Ubuntu Server, but it has no GUI, and setting up your web site from the command line will have an additional learning curve.

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