on os x 10.8 (10.7+) they've eliminated formatting drive as "Mac OS Extended" (non-journaled).

Linux cannot write to HFS+ Journal, so must diable Journal:
To get around this:

You must partition it journaled; then select the partition in Disk Utility's sidebar, press the Option key before selecting File from the menubar, and you'll see a Disable Journaling option.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3232454?start=0&tstart=0