Linux on Apple TV

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Since Apple TV is EFI-based and apparently has no CSM BIOS emulation, we need an EFI-based bootloader.


The rEFIt Project is a good starting point. rEFIt is a boot menu and maintenance toolkit for EFI-based machines like the Apple TV. It can boot multiple operating systems and provides an easy way to enter and explore the EFI pre-boot environment.

rEFIt was originally designed for Intel Macs, but maybe see a second spring on Apple TV.


elilo is an EFI linux boot loader. has some information on using it with Intel Macs.


There are several Linux distributions specialized on Media Center usage.

  • KnoppMyth (Knoppix with MythTV)
  • GeexBox (bootable mplayer with Freevo)
  • ...