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Dan Schrimpsher, PhD
Dan Schrimpsher, PhD

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Linux on a Macbook Pro

So after some worries and horror stories, I install a dual boot Pop OS 19.10 (Ubuntu basically) on my Macbook Pro.

If anyone is interested:

Pre-install steps:

  1. I wrote the PopOS image to a thumb drive using Etcher
  2. Under Disk Utility in OS X, I resized the apple partition down from 240GB to 170GB
  3. It wrote for like 12 hours then it hung. I checked the fdisk and it seemed fine so I killed the disk utility.


  1. I shutdown the computer and inserted the usb from step 1.
  2. I reboot holding the Option key, and selected the EFI
  3. It booted from the USB stick
  4. I selected manage partitions (not Completely remove and install fresh PopOS)
  5. I created an EFI partition at the end of the disk of 500 MiB (type: Fat32)
    1. OS X had an EFI partition but it was only 200 MiB which is not large enough for PopOS
  6. I created a Swap partition of 8GB (8192 MiB): type linux swap
  7. I created a root partition of the remaining (~69GB): type ext4

Post Install

  1. It rebooted to PopOS and I created my account and poof Linux on a macbook
  2. You sometimes have to boot with the "option key" pressed cause OSX and boot loaders don't play well together.

Top comments (2)

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Mandar Vaze • Edited

(Hoping against hope) is there a way to access the files across two partitions ? Specifically reading APFS (?) from linux ?
This could help keep the data on larger partition (apple partition in this case) and access from either OS

tkjohnson121 profile image

Thanks for the info Dan! I've recently found myself in the same position as dual boot. How are you liking PopOS so far in comparison?