Originally Posted by djames4242
I personally can't think of any compelling reason to be able to dual-boot directly into Linux on Mac hardware. The only reason I boot directly into Windows is for games. There aren't a lot of Linux-based games that are graphically intensive and that do not have MacOS (or Windows) alternatives. I played around with OpenArena (which was, actually, quite cool), and of course there are a few simulators and the Doom derivatives... I do have a Fedora VM on my Mini at the office that I use occasionally for testing purposes, but I don't care to boot directly into it.
Besides, I believe BootCamp was intended for switchers. Most people running Linux are a bit more technically savvy and understand that OSX gives them the Unix they're looking for...
Linux users are more tech savvy, use everything from OS X to Windows to various flavors of Linux. We already have a solution for triple booting all three operating systems with rEFIt.
The reason why you can't think of a compelling reason to dual-boot or even triple boot, is because Apple is keeping Linux off Bootcamp for the 90% of those who are NOT technically savvy (but are willing to check it out if they had a easy to use installation method) thus making it rather hard for developers to consider the platform due to low market share.
So who is holding back potential computer savvy users on Macs? Apple is.
The real purpose of Bootcamp is to prepare college level OS X users to use Windows to get a job.
However Linux is used rather broadly in the server market due to it's high level of customization and open source nature. Even Pixar under Jobs used Linux render servers. Apple is leaving the server market, Microsoft is failing in that market, so there is no reason for Apple to restrict Linux from Bootcamp anymore.
And OS X doesn't give Linux users what they are looking for, except more polished commercial software, as it's tied to Apple hardware, like that really doesn't stop us really.
But it would be nice to have a easy triple booting system platform, so a college student can take their triple booting Mac anywhere and into any field they choose.
VM's can be better for some newbies, in case something gets hosed to revert to a previous snapshot, but there is a performance hit in the 3D/graphics area which the OS uses too, not just games.
Windows 7 has a total system restore feature to hd or dvd's and Linux users simply know how to clone their whole partition via Terminal, so triple booting is really the way to go, just need a simple Bootcamp method for those just transitioning.
If your looking for a OS X clone in Linux, look at Xubuntu and Docky, makes a nice inexpensive OS X like netbook for around $300 or so. You'll need Windows and PenDriveLinux to install Xubuntu on a 2GB thumb drive and fiddle with the BIOS.
One can download the Xubuntu iso and load it into their favorite VM as well, search for Docky in the Ubuntu Software Center.