How Tos

HOWTO install Santoku Linux on a Mac

This HOWTO will guide you through the process of how to install Santoku-Linux on a Mac.

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. This information is provided for reference only and on an “as is” basis without any warranty whatsoever.


What you will need:

  • Santoku 0.1 or later
  • An external USB hard drive with at least 1 GB free space
  • A Mac computer with a Lion or Mountain Lion OS

Create a recovery partition:

Note: Even though recent model Macintosh computers come with recovery partitions standard on the hard disk, you still must use an external USB to resize your hard drive and create the dual boot. This is because the recovery partition is on the same hard disk as the main OS, and it will not allow you to partition the hard disk while actively in use.


Install Santoku-Linux:

  • Once installed, boot from the partition by inserting the USB drive, reboot, and press ALT until the boot menu comes up where you can select your USB drive.
  • Launch the disk utility
  • On the partition tab, click on the ‘+’
  • Repartition your Macintosh HD volume to give the desired amount of space for Santoku. Leave that space as “free space”. The Santoku installer will take care of formatting it to EXT3.

  • Once done, reboot, and boot into Santoku (DVD or USB) by holding the ALT button until you see the boot menu.
  • Select ‘Install’ and use the option “Install Santoku along Mac OS X”.

Boot into Santoku-Linux:

  • At startup, press ALT and select “Windows”.

Note: Mac OS X assumes that if you ever want to dual-boot it will be to install Windows, not Linux… hence the label “Windows” on the logo representing the Santoku partition.