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I'm looking to install Debian and Gentoo alongside Mac OS X on a (Intel) MacBook. Debian will be for using Linux, and Gentoo for toying around. There are lots of guides on the Internet about dual booting, but I haven't found any on triple booting two Linux distributions and Mac OS X...

I'm thinking something along the lines of using rEFIt and GRUB - but maybe only GRUB is the way to go.

What to do here?

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The MintCast podcast just did an episode on Grub, which might be useful, but I would also go with virtualization, particularly if you are looking to try out multiple Linux dustributions. VirtualBox is free and quite good, but in the same situation I chose to use VMWare Fusion, as their web site has many "appliances" - prebuilt virtual machines with Linux and other OSs, which makes installation very quick.

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I'll look into that podcast! – trolle3000 Dec 17 '09 at 16:18
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Thanks anyway ;-)

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feel free to accept your own answer. if you can, improve it by writing up the main steps you took to accomplish your goal. – quack quixote Feb 10 '10 at 18:42

Just get a copy of VirtualBox (it's free) and install your experimental stuff on that. You will use less aggregate disk space and the performance impact is minimal, especially for non-production uses.

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I'm not looking for virtualization (yet - I may give Xen a go later on); I want to be able to boot into the linuxes. – trolle3000 Dec 17 '09 at 16:16

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