Run Current on a MacBook

Rui Paulo rpaulo at
Fri Nov 30 11:34:50 PST 2007

eculp wrote:
> I am a half step away from buying a MacBook based on the following 
> assumptions:
>   1. I should run current and it has the SMP problem fixed.

The fix was not yet committed.

>   2. It can be dual booted between OSX and FreeBSD?
>      a. The handbook only mentions that it can be run as a guest OS.

The handbook doesn't mention anything about running FreeBSD on a 
MacBook. You probably want to read

>      b. Is there a short list to run both OS's I've done this with
>         windows many times over the years but I have on idea where to
>         start with Mac.  Example: Clean the disk and start with FBSD
>         or somehow compress the MacOSX file system and use the rest
>         for BSD, etc. etc.

* Partition your drive witht Bootcamp
* Install rEFIt.
* Boot FreeBSD install CD and install it to the desired partition. Don't 
install an MBR boot manager.
* Sync your MBR with the GPT by using the refit tool (available in the 
refit boot menu).

It's tricky, but easy.

>   3. I should probably run the AMD64 version of Current?

Yes, newer MacBooks have EM64T extensions (i.e. amd64), so you should 
use FreeBSD/amd64.

> Thanks for any input and suggestions even a "Don't do it for certain 
> reasons". This is totally uncharted territory for me.
> Have a great day,

Good luck!

Rui Paulo

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