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You need an Intel based Mac in order to install Oracle Linux under a VM product, such as VirtualBox https://www.virtualbox.org/
The Oracle Linux OS iso install DVD is available from https://edelivery.oracle.com/linux
To verify the checksum of the downloaded iso:
Open Terminal from Applications and type:
openssl sha1 filename
You can drag and drop the downloaded iso into the terminal window so you don't have to type the filename. Then compare the resulting checksum with what's shown under "view digest" at the download site.
To install the OS under Virtualbox you simply create a new Virtual Machine and specify the ISO image file as the CD/DVD media. The actual OS installation will be like any other installation. You can download more info from: https://linux.oracle.com/documentation/
Btw, you can also download pre-installed virtual machines from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/community/developer-vm/index.html
I believe i5 mac is an intel based one, right?
I want to install it as the main and the only OS on my mac so do I still need a VM or not?
there is 4 .iso file on https://edelivery.oracle.com/linux :
Should I Burn all on DVD and start with v33411-1.iso or can I just burn v33411-1.iso and copy others on a USB?
Simply check "About this Mac" from the Apple Finder menu to see what you have. Please note that this is not a Mac or Windows forum, so more specific questions are beyond the scope of this forum.
You only need to download V33411-01. You don't need to burn any DVD since you can boot the VM from the iso image file directly as previously mentioned.
There is no such thing like a Mac i5. Changes are you have an Intel dual-core i5 chipset.
IMHO, installing Oracle Linux to run as the host OS on a Mac is not the best idea. And from what you explained so far, the technical aspects of this endeavor will be beyond your current skills and experience. You are most likely going to regret your decision to replace Mac OS X with Linux.
Please keep in mind that Enterprise Linux is not designed for Desktop computers, the same applies to WinTel machines. There is very limited hardware support. You will have better luck with other Linux desktop distributions like Fedora or Ubuntu, but even with the latest versions, support for the Mac trackpad, heat and power management is questionable. Virtualization is the way to go.
If you want to install Oracle Linux on an Intel based HP server that's a totally different prerequisite.
Btw, I use a Mac Pro myself. The problem is you don't know Virtualbox. If you would, you would never want to install any OS as a primary system for evaluation or testing. The nice thing about Virtualbox, among other things, is that it allows you to clone or restore a virtual machine from any existing snapshot, which is great for experimenting, because you don't have to reinstall the system in case you screw things up.
957069 wrote:You don't need virtual box on the server. The suggestion for VB was to allow you to practice on your Mac. On the server, you'd install the OS on bare metal.
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To install virtuallbox on the server, first I need to install Linux on it and then I install VirtualBox 4.1.20 for Linux hosts, right?
And if it is a new server that you are planning on installing OL on for the first time, why not just go ahead and install on the server? What's the worst thing that can happen? A poor install that you need to do over again? What would be the loss?