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Re: Installing Debian on iMac

Hi John, and welcome to the Debian community!

I assume you have a broadband Internet connection where you will be doing this installation?  If so:

You’ll want the Mac specific “netinst” installer image[1] that gets most of its software packages from the Debian mirrors on the Web.
   [1]  https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/iso-cd/>

Take a look at this wiki page[2] for instructions on making a dual-boot MacOS/Debian setup.  The wiki page is aimed at the mac mini but it should mostly carry over for your iMac.  Also, you’ll want to read the wiki page[3] for burning an installer CD under MacOS.
   [2] https://wiki.debian.org/MacMiniIntel
   [3] https://www.debian.org/CD/faq/#record-mac

And, of course, you’ll want to RTFM[4]
   [4] https://www.debian.org/doc/

If you’re not already signed up, you will want to join the debian-user mailing list[5].  That’s where you’ll find lots of friendly, helpful and knowledgeable folks.
   [5] https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/


> On May 5, 2019, at 1:52 PM, John Hammack <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> iMac:  iMac (24-inch, early 2009), Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mem 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3,  OS X El Capitan ver 10.11.6. 
> Objective: Install Debian and software development tools (compilers, interpreters, and support applications for software development.)  
> Progress:  I have searched  the internet and have not found instructions I could follow through to completion.  
> Experience:  Before retirement (1995) I was doing software development on a Hewlett Packard Unix System ((HPUX).  I was then comfortable with the Unix system, BASH and all.  
> Excuse:  I am now living in The Villages FL and with all these old folks there is no one here with which I can discuss OS’s etc.
> Comments recommendations appreciated.  
> 	Thanks John 
> I am 85 and have accumulated rust where brain cells used to be.