Sept. 19, 2012, 7:16 a.m.
Today, I finally got the holy grail of triple booting (OS X, Ubuntu Studio, Windows 7) working on my mac mini. It was suprisingly easy to do following this guide from lifehacker:
The article has a few different paths (kind of like a choose your own ending book, remember those? do they have them for adults?), but basic steps I would recommend when starting from plain OSX can be summarized:
- Backup using time machine
- Install windows by following Apple's bootcamp documentation
- Install rEFIt
- Format the mac partition with disc utility from the OSX install disc (you did back up right?) and split it into 2 to make room for linux
- Restore your time machine backup to the OSX partition you just created
- Install your chosen GNU/Linux distro to the other partition, install the linux bootloader to the same partition
- Bask in the glory of your own geek cred
Most of the details for the steps can be searched online or from the lifehacker article, but the steps above give a simple road map that worked for me!