I have an old MacBook white (Model 2,1 mid-late 2007) which won't upgrade beyond Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). I have previously installed Debian with a dual boot by using rEFIt and booting from a DVD disk, but the DVD drive doesn't seem to reliably read disks anymore
I would like to install Debian or BSD on this MacBook, either as a dual boot, or as the single OS -- alternatively, any current linux distro or even Windows 10 would do.
I have tried a few things, all without success. For the record:
- Burn .iso (or .cdr) image to DVD (Mac won't read disk)
- Create a live Debian USB (with MBR partition) with rEFIt
- Create live Debian USB with Mac Linux USB Loader (will boot on newer Macs, but not on MacBook2,1)
I've seen something about manually putting a GPT table on the USB drive, or creating a separate EFI partition, but since it's more technical and time consuming I didn't get around to it.
Main question: is there a reliable way to boot and install Linux, BSD, Windows (anything not OS X)?
Bonus points for running the OS live from the USB -- since after 10 years HD may fail some time soon.
Thanks for helping with recycling an old friend and protecting the environment.
EDIT: both replies, as well as all HOWTOs I could find operate under the assumption that I should be able to hold 'opt' on boot and choose the USB stick. That's not what happens when I have BSD or Linux there, but I am able to choose a USB stick with Mac OS X and install from it. So the question becomes, what is the difference that prevents that from being done with Linux/BSD?