I just want to know if it's possible to get Cain and abel installed in ubuntu, it would really help my work instead of dual booting back to my windows 7 just to use it. THanks!
Unfortunately, Cain and Abel does not have an Ubuntu port, and is not Wine friendly. Still, its functionality is not exclusive. If you wish to complete the same tasks it requires on Ubuntu, you may wish to look into some cross platform alternatives such as John the Ripper or Aircrack. It's likely that you can find a few different programs that will fit your needs.
I want a native Ubuntu installation, not an VM. Do I have options on my Mac (that don't involve destroying the 'Mac' portion of it) or should I just switch to a standard PC? If I do have options, it would be nice to know what they are :-p
You have options! There are help pages for installing on Macs that show the hardware support and installation alongside OSX.
Here is the page where you select which hardware you have:
Just click through, select the version of Ubuntu and you'll get some installation instructions. Be sure to check the hardware compatibility too because you might not want to install if certain things aren't going to work.
The instructions for non-destructive, dual boot Mac/Ubuntu setup can be found on Ubuntu Community pages. I've have followed that instruction and installed Ubuntu 11.04 on MacBook Pro side by side with OSX. Both systems work fine.
I think it is possible to install Ubuntu on Macs (without destroying OS X) using Bootcamp. Bootcamp is made for Mac users to install Windows alongside OS X.
easier way after burning the ubuntu cd restart your mac when the white screen comes up press quickly alt the you should insert the ubuntu cd dont go into efi but go to windows
then you can install it . before all of this be careful dont partiton you hard disk