I’ve experimented with Linux before. Really, I have. I installed a distro or two of Red Hat (5.2 and 6.1 - I’ve still got the boxes) on a PC several years ago, and actually made it work. I also installed Yellow Dog on my Mac, and made it work as well. So I apparently have the mental capacity to use Linux, even though I didn’t stick with it (it didn’t do anything I couldn’t do more easily with Mac OS or Windows).
So now I want to fool around with Ubuntu. I’m told that I can allegedly run Ubuntu directly from the CD without actually going to the trouble of installing it on my hard drive, and see if I like it before installing it for real. I’ve been led to believe that I can do this from within Mac OS X (i.e. Ubuntu will launch as if it was an application within Mac OS X.)
Trouble is I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to do this. I’ve downloaded the CD image to my Mac. I’ve burned the CD. Now I’ve got a CD with a bunch of files that appear not unlike the assortment of Unix files I find when I dig into Mac OS X’s underpinnings.
What I can’t find is instructions on how to “boot” Ubuntu from this CD. The “documentation” on the Ubuntu Web site starts out assuming I’ve already got it running and wants to teach me how to use a mouse. If that’s not backwards, I don’t know what is, since I doubt that somebody who doesn’t yet know how to use a mouse is going to be successfully installing Ubuntu.
So help me out here. What do I do to make this work? I’m clearly missing something - just not seeing it on the Ubuntu site. I’m really not this dense.
I’m trying to do this on a PowerMac G4 (PPC) running Mac OS X 10.4.10, if it makes any difference.