How to Create a Bootable Linux Drive on Mac OS 10.6.8
If you have an old Mac running Mac OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) and you want to try out a different operating system, you can create a bootable Linux drive using a USB stick and a free software called Etcher. This will allow you to install or test Linux on your Mac without affecting your existing data or settings.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a bootable Linux drive on Mac OS 10.6.8 using Etcher and a Linux distribution of your choice. We will use Ubuntu as an example, but you can use any other Linux distribution that supports booting from USB.
What You Need
A USB stick with at least 4GB of storage space.
A Mac running Mac OS 10.6.8 or later.
A Linux ISO file that you want to use. You can download Ubuntu from here.
Etcher, a free and open source software that can write ISO files to USB drives. You can download Etcher from here.
Step 1: Format Your USB Stick
Before you can write the Linux ISO file to your USB stick, you need to format it to FAT32, which is a file system that is compatible with both Mac and Linux. To do this, follow these steps:
Launch Disk Utility from Applications > Utilities or use Spotlight to search for it.
Select your USB stick from the list of drives on the left side of the window.
Click on the Erase tab at the top of the window.
Choose MS-DOS (FAT) as the format and give your USB stick a name.
Click on Erase and wait for the process to complete.
Step 2: Convert Your ISO File
Next, you need to convert your Linux ISO file to an IMG file, which is a format that can be written as a mountable disk image. To do this, follow these steps:
Open Terminal from Applications > Utilities or use Spotlight to search for it.
Type the following command and press Enter:hdiutil convert /path/to/downloaded.iso -format UDRW -o /path/to/imageReplace /path/to/downloaded.iso with the location of your downloaded Linux ISO file, for example /Downloads/ubuntu.iso. Similarly, replace /path/to/image with the destination where you want to save the IMG file, for example /Downloads/ubuntu. You don't need to add the .img extension.
Wait for the conversion to finish.
Step 3: Write to USB
Now that you have your IMG file ready, you can write it to your USB stick using Etcher. To do this, follow these steps:
Insert your USB stick into your Mac if you haven't already done so.
Launch Etcher from Applications or use Spotlight to search for it.
Click on Select image and find the IMG file that you created in the previous step.
Ensure that the correct USB device is selected under Select target. You can click on Change to see a list of connected devices.
Click on Flash and wait for the process to complete.
Step 4: Boot Your Mac from USB
You are now ready to boot your Mac from your bootable Linux drive. To do this, follow these steps:
Power down your Mac and insert your USB stick if you haven't already done so.
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