How do I get my Mac to boot from an Ubuntu USB key?

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Linux has long been synonymous with bootable flash drives, whether it’s to fix some sort of problem with your primary OS, or for trialling and installing distros like Elementary or Ubuntu 5 Best Linux Distros for Installation on a USB Stick .

There are a few ways to get a create live USB sticks that will boot on your Mac. You can go the freeware route for an easy option, or put a little bit of time into creating the drive yourself using Terminal.

Today we’ll cover both these methods!

First: Prepare Your USB Drive

Make sure you choose the right USB drive for the job, and that it’s formatted correctly to avoid any problems. Some Linux variants may require larger volumes, so pay attention to the requirements when downloading. Others don’t have any strict requirements, but formatting to FAT beforehand is a good idea:

Warning: Everything on your drive will be erased if you do...

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Ubuntu is, perhaps, one of the most accessible distributions of Linux available to the home computer user or enthusiast. If you are interested in experimenting with Linux, you can do worse than to test-drive Ubuntu from a USB drive. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create an Ubuntu USB live-drive, using a Mac, to test on a Mac.

Ubuntu, a Nguni Bantu term meaning Human-ness, recently released version 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) codename Trusty Tahr. Based on Debian Linux, Ubuntu is estimated to be used on more than 26% of all Linux websites.

Since its first release in October 2004, it is estimated that, in 2011, Ubuntu had in excess of 20-million users worldwide and it is being increasingly adopted for large-scale public sector deployments, notably the Gendarmerie Nationale, thus replacing expensive Microsoft Office licences with OpenOffice for 5,000 workstations.

Regardless of whether you have thousands of workstations, or not, experimenting with Ubuntu...

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Hi,

for learning purposes I want to create a USB DISK with ubuntu on it, being able to boot it from my mac book pro 2015 (no bootable CD) with el-cap on it..

but I want the original MACINTOSH HD be untouched in this process.

How can I create a UBS STICK with the ISO Ubuntu is offering, make it bootable on the same mac book pro 2015, such that it is becomes visible when pressing alt/option on a reboot? (It looks like I am failing to create a fat32 based stick and get it running with EFI.)

Is it possible?

When yes, how?

My goal is,

When the USB STICK would work - which I failed for, see above - I would like to install UBUNTU on a USB DRIVE (not STICK) -with a proper filesystem on it- and make it bootable for the mac book pro 2015 by pressing alt/option at reboot.

I have visited many forums, but did not succeed, one of the problems seem to be the new root protection sandbox.

I also tried to make a USB STICK with the UBUNTU...

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