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Converting older iMac to Linux 5 days ago #229571

We have a perfectly good 2012 iMac that is obsolete and can't be updated from Apple's point of view past OSX10.6.
Has anyone had success converting older Macs to Linux?
Razz

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Re: Converting older iMac to Linux 4 days, 22 hours ago #229576

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I gather turning an iMac into a Linux machine can be troublesome and may not perform that well.This table tells that a 2012 iMac should be compatible with Catalina, OS 10.15, which is what I run on my 13" Macbook Air mid 2012.

eshop.macsales.com/guides/Mac_OS_X_Compatibility
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Re: Converting older iMac to Linux 4 days, 20 hours ago #229583

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Thanks for the link Hugly.

Actually it might be as old as 2009. Suzy's son passed it on to her in 2012. It is an Intel i7 27" model.
I'll check the model number to find out for sure.
Razz

Digital Bolex 2k Cinema DNG raw camera
Canon GL2 DV camcorder
iPAD Mini 3 Iographer rig

Workstation: Intel i7-4770k, Asrock Z87 Thunderbolt 2 MB, 16GB 1866 DDR3 ram,
2TB Seagate Hybrid system drive, 2TB Seagate NAS media drive, E-sata III hot swap drive bay, Nvidia GTX760 2GB GPU
Lightworks kybrd. Shuttlepro v2
Win10 Pro 64bit, Lightworks 14.0 64bit

Mobile Workstation: MSI GTX72 Dominator
Intel i7-6700HQ 2.7GHz Win10 64bit
16GB DDR4 ram, 500GB M.2 SSD
Nvidia GTX970 3GB GPU
USB3, USB3.1-C, Thunderbolt 3 ports
Shuttlepro2 Win10 64bit LW 14.0 64 bit

Re: Converting older iMac to Linux 4 days, 19 hours ago #229584

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You might find Turn your Mac into a whole new computer: Replace macOS with Linux helpful. He goes through the process of installing a trial version of Ubuntu first, then once you've decided that's the way that you want to go, converting your Mac into a (semi-)permanent Linux box.

Re: Converting older iMac to Linux 4 days, 11 hours ago #229586

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I am planning to migrate to Linux and use mac os in emulation for a few programs that are not available on linux, work related things.

I have put linux on a 3 older macs just to see how they perform. gave them a whole new lease of life.

you can also, for sake of making Linux feel familiar rework the interface so they look and feel similar to your mac.

I have trialled installing manjaro KDE plasma and Elementary OS on a 2012 macbook pro 13 inch, a 2014 15 inch macbook prop retina, and 2009 mac pro. All installations were straightforward (at least for me following some youtube tutorials). The machines run very well on both those flavours of Linux. I have not yet moved to using linux full time but have been pleased with my efforts thus far and encouraged that it will be a reasonable journey to make in the future.

I have not tried Lightworks on them since both my licenses are used on my Macs.

Re: Converting older iMac to Linux 4 days, 5 hours ago #229608

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Suzy bought a new iMac last Christmas. The old one has been repurposed into a dedicated audio workstation since it supports my old MOTU Ultralite firewire mixer. It is running Motu’s Audiodesk DAW at the moment but I am going to install Mixbus 6 on it as soon as we get all her old media files backed up and cleaned off of it.
It runs fine as is for that, but there is no security support for it and no internet browsers will currently run on it, so it has to be blocked from internet access. Would like to update it enough for better security support so we can at least manage software updates online and it isn’t an ongoing risk to our home network.
Razz

Digital Bolex 2k Cinema DNG raw camera
Canon GL2 DV camcorder
iPAD Mini 3 Iographer rig

Workstation: Intel i7-4770k, Asrock Z87 Thunderbolt 2 MB, 16GB 1866 DDR3 ram,
2TB Seagate Hybrid system drive, 2TB Seagate NAS media drive, E-sata III hot swap drive bay, Nvidia GTX760 2GB GPU
Lightworks kybrd. Shuttlepro v2
Win10 Pro 64bit, Lightworks 14.0 64bit

Mobile Workstation: MSI GTX72 Dominator
Intel i7-6700HQ 2.7GHz Win10 64bit
16GB DDR4 ram, 500GB M.2 SSD
Nvidia GTX970 3GB GPU
USB3, USB3.1-C, Thunderbolt 3 ports
Shuttlepro2 Win10 64bit LW 14.0 64 bit
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