InstallNote: this procedure requires an .img file that you will be required to create from the .iso file you download.
TIP: Drag and Drop a file from Finder to Terminal to 'paste' the full path without typing and risking type errors.
- Download the desired file
- Open the Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities/ or query Terminal in Spotlight)
- Convert the .iso file to .img using the convert option of hdiutil
hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o ~/path/to/target.img ~/path/to/ubuntu.isoNote: OS X tends to put the .dmg ending on the output file automatically.
Create a bootable Ubuntu install flash drive:
diskutil listto get the current list of devices
Insert your flash media and run:
diskutil listagain and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk2)
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN(replace N with the disk number from the last command; in the previous example, N would be 2)
sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m(replace /path/to/downloaded.img with the path where the image file is located; for example, ./ubuntu.img or ./ubuntu.dmg).
Using /dev/rdisk instead of /dev/disk may be faster.
If you see the error dd: Invalid number '1m', you are using GNU dd. Use the same command but replace bs=1m with bs=1M.
If you see the error dd: /dev/diskN: Resource busy, make sure the disk is not in use. Start the Disk Utility.app and unmount (don't eject) the drive.
diskutil eject /dev/diskNand remove your flash media when the command completes
Restart your Mac and press alt while the Mac is restarting to choose the USB-Stick
Follow the on screen instructions.
WiFiAfter booting into Ubuntu, the wifi card was not working, to get it to work I connected it to my router with a network cable and followed this steps:
Download the driver:
tar xf broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2then add:
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
sudo b43-fwcutter -w "/lib/firmware" broadcom-wl-5.100.138/linux/wl_apsta.o
b43to /etc/modules and reboot
Keyboard and mouse:This is a little extra to get natural scrolling and OS X like key bindings.
Create a Xmodmap conf file
vi ~/.Xmodmapand paste the following inside:
!!Enable Natural scrolling (vertical and horizontal)Under Mac OS X, the combination cmd+space opens Spotlight, to emulate this, install the package compizconfig-settings-manager.
pointer = 1 2 3 5 4 7 6 8 9 10 11 12
!!Swap CMD and CTRL keys
remove control = Control_L
remove mod4 = Super_L Super_R
keysym Control_L = Super_L
keysym Super_L = Control_L
keysym Super_R = Control_L
add control = Control_L Control_R
add mod4 = Super_L Super_R
sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-managerOpen it using the ccsm command, or search for it in Dash.
Find Ubuntu Unity Plugin->Behavior->Key to show the launcher and change it to <Primary>space, using the Grab key combination button. It may be also shown as <Control><Primary>space.
You can now have a behavior similar to Mac OS X in Ubuntu 12.04. You can change the virtual desktop using cmd+alt+arrow. You can cut, copy, and paste using cmd+x, cmd+c, and cmd+v and summon the dash with cmd+space.