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Has anyone tried this either using bootcamp, a VM, or replacing the OS X? Google search yields old info.

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I've run several different OSes on my iMac via Parallels Desktop. It worked, but was annoyingly slow and the older version (3) of Parallels I have didn't support SMP. VirtualBox seemed to be faster and free.

Bootcamp isn't virtualisation, it's directly running on bare hardware, so it's faster. But as of version 4, only Windows 7 is officially supported. Not to say other version won't work, but if you need proper support you're out of luck.

If you have a Mac and just want to play with Linux, I'd suggest a VM. If you need Linux and no longer need OS X, I'd suggest a PC because it'd give you a better bang for buck ratio and Macs have decent resale value.

Oh and if you do use another OS on a Mac, my tip is get a PC keyboard. Saves hassle.

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I dunno about wise, but you can. I run Fedora on a 27" iMac, and it's a great hardware platform for it. At first, I dual booted using rEFIt, but now I've ditched OS X entirely and just run Linux as the only OS.

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Thanks for your answer. And how does it work? Same speed? Slower? –  Tremaine Jan 10 '12 at 1:01
    
It works like Linux on Intel hardware, which is to say very well. I haven't done any benchmarks. –  mattdm Jan 10 '12 at 1:18
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