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Join Date: Jul 2009
08-03-2009, 06:09 AM
9.04 is real slick, probably the first time I've updated a Ubuntu distro and actually noticed a different right away. It's not that I don't like it, I do, very much, but I've run linux machines before.
Plus I bought it pretty much specifically because I wanted a mini macbook
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Los Angeles, CA
08-03-2009, 10:54 PM
Getting OSX on a 8GB SSD is entirely possibly but is a royal pain in the ass. Prior to getting my 32GB RunCore I had OSX (10.5.6) running on an 8GB SSD. I basically followed all the guides to get 10.5.0 Retail installed (without having to modify the installer in anyway). Once it booted up, I then went through and deleted EVERY single thing that I could. I used tons of different sources for this; primarily googling for whatever could safely be deleted from Leopard without consequence as well as removing the suggested items from this forum.
Basically, in order to get it to update to 10.5.6 I had to remove every single application from the Applications folder (I copied them to an external drive), installed 10.5.6, then recopied back over the essential applications. When all was said and done, I had about 700MB of free space to work with. I'm not sure how this will relate to 10.5.7.
Keep in mind that most Software Updates will require you to repeat the task of removing all the Applications off of the SSD and then copying them back once the updates have been applied.
Also, Monolingual and Xslimmer both played their parts (not sure if both are needed but I ran them both to squeeze all the space possible).
At the end of the day, it was too much effort to keep the machine up to date and the RunCore is much more pleasant to use. I never have to worry about what/when/how much I install. I keep all media on an 8GB SDHC and all is well I suggest you upgrade the SSD.
Join Date: Aug 2009
08-05-2009, 07:48 PM
Yes, FAT will get you enough space (and will work as an OSX boot drive), but you must do the .mpkg stuff detailed in the mechdrew advanced guide in order to enable the installer to install to FAT drives.
10.5.6 installed fine on the drive with that method (omitted printers, extra languages, speech). 10.5.7 update need 1.3GB of free space, which I had to make by deleting/moving apps temporarily and using Monolingual. Once updated, I still had ~1gb free. Installed Office (barely enough space for that), then moved it to SD card. Installed Safari/iTunes, etc., updates, as well as VLC and some other apps. Then used XSlimmer to shrink down some of the "safer" apps (reloadable if it went awry).
Now I've got ~1.3GB free of 6.8GB formatted capacity. With 2GB of RAM, no page file space is used; actually 1GB might be fine too as free RAM hasn't dropped below 1GB even with Word, Excel, Safari, VLC and Mail all open at once.
Don't give up; I think you'll be really happy once you get it installed. Like you said, it's just a matter of getting access to a Mac for 10 minutes in order to alter the few lines in the .mpkg.
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