Whereas my Eee PC makes do with limited hardware, the aluminum behemoth on my desk is anything but lacking in specs, with 2 x 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors, 4 x 500GB hard drives and 7GB of onboard RAM.
My plan is to repartition the boot drive, reserving half of it for Linux and the other half for a legacy OS X install, for my iTunes music with DRM (fail) and in case I run into trouble. The specific tasks I’m looking to accomplish in Linux are:
- Video capture and editing from miniDV sources;
- Photo editing;
- (to a lesser extent) Audio editing — something like Audacity will probably be fine, at least to start.
My plan is to get down to this after I do my monthly backups on July 1st, and if all goes well I can wipe OS X entirely by the end of the year.
But I need your help! If you can answer any of the following questions, please do so in the comments following this post. Here’s what I need to know:
1. Which distro, and what apps?
- I’m fairly sure my Mac Pro supports 64-bit computing, but are the available 64-bit Linux distros built specifically for AMD processors?
- Would I still be able to use apps like OpenOffice and Thunderbird on a 64-bit Linux OS?
- Distros I’m looking at include Ubuntu/Ubuntu 64-bit, Ubuntu Studio and 64 Studio. Are there other, better choices?
2. Do I need VirtualBox?
- Apart from dragging & dropping files between two OSes I can’t offhand think of a practical use for VirtualBox — but it would be fun to play with, anyway. Would it make more sense to install it on the Linux or OS X partition of my boot drive?
3. Do I need to reformat HFS+ drives?
- I understand that Linux support for Apple’s proprietary disk format is sketchy to non-existant. I’ll obviously have to reformat my boot drive — will I have to do the same with the other three internal drives on my machine?
If you can answer any of these questions or offer any other advice I’m all ears… Thanks in advance! 😎