[ros-users] ROS on Mac-Ubuntu

Gonçalo Cabrita goncabrita at gmail.com
Mon Jul 4 09:36:01 UTC 2011

Hi Brice,

I've always run ROS on my Mac using dual boot with OS X 10.6 and
Ubuntu 10.04. I never had any problems. If you need some help doing
the partitioning just ask, it's piece of cake, after all, it's a Mac

Best regards,

Gonçalo Cabrita
ISR University of Coimbra

On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 4:52 AM, Nathaniel Lewis
<linux.robotdude at gmail.com> wrote:
> My Installation process for Ubuntu 11.04
> When I installed Ubuntu, I did not want to mess with the EFI parts of the
> Linux kernel, so I just bootcamped the Mac.  Bootcamp is how you would
> generally install windows onto a Mac, as it is BIOS emulation.  Use Mac OSX
> to partition the drive using Bootcamp Assistant (
> /Applications/Utilities/Bootcamp Assistant.app ) so that you are not worried
> about partitioning problems.  Just pop in the Ubuntu installer (I recommend
> 64 bit because all modern Macs are 64 bit) disk (LiveCD is fine as well) and
> hit "Begin Installation" from Bootcamp Assistant after partitioning is
> complete.  If you missed this, just reboot the Mac and hold the Option key
> (Alt on a PC keyboard) as you turn it on and it will show all boot devices
> and click on the CD.  If you have yet to insert the CD, do it now.  From
> here just proceed with the normal installation process.  Two important
> exceptions though.  When presented with the options for partitioning, click
> on "Something Else."  You need to find the partition which was created (It
> will be Fat32 and probably the last partition on the disk (/dev/sda3 for
> me)) and use that for the root filesystem and format to Ext2,3, or 4.  You
> also install grub to the MBR, even though it doesn't actually exist.  To
> boot into Ubuntu, hold down Option when you turn the computer on and select
> "Windows," even though you installed Linux.  The Mac will remember the last
> operating system that was booted and will autoboot that upon restart.  So to
> switch back to Mac OSX, you will have to do the above processes again.
> Nathaniel Lewis
> On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Nathaniel Lewis <linux.robotdude at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I think I remember how to do it - just giving my solution a go on my
>> Macbook before I say anything.  Don't want to make a fool of myself.
>> Nathaniel Lewis
>> On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM, brice rebsamen <brice.rebsamen at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> HI
>>> I'm about to buy a laptop for the project (obviously we will be
>>> running ROS everyday). There is a Mac culture here. But I have never
>>> had a Mac before. If I get one, I will probably install Ubuntu on it
>>> to run ROS, since it seems the Mac version of ROS is still not fully
>>> running. I don't want to struggle with ROS installation. I am very
>>> familiar with Linux but I have never installed it on a Mac, and I know
>>> that one of my friends had trouble with that (I think the partitioning
>>> phase was the problem).
>>> I'd like to get some feedback from the people on that mailing list. Is
>>> there anybody here using Mac and ROS (with or without Ubuntu) who
>>> could comment? How easy is it to install Ubuntu on a Mac? Once this is
>>> done, does everything works fine, especially as far as ROS is
>>> concerned?
>>> In the past 6 months I was working under Linux 64 bits (on a PC), and
>>> not everything was as smooth as the 32 bits version, there were a few
>>> tricks here and there...
>>> Regards
>>> Brice
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