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Re: [tlug] Linux-compatible Mac laptop?
- Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 09:02:00 -0500
- From: "Daniel A. Ramaley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: [tlug] Linux-compatible Mac laptop?
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On Tuesday 03 April 2007 17:22, Joseph Essertier wrote: >Is there such a thing as a linux-compatible Mac laptop on the > new-computer market today? I want to order one in the next few > weeks, if there is. Any recommendations? I bought a MacBook in January and dual boot OS X and Debian Etch. You don't need Boot Camp to dual boot; just reinstall OS X and create a smaller partition when you do (leaving space for the later Linux install). You can switch OSs at boot time either by holding the Option key, or by installing reFIT on OS X to provide a nice boot menu. A nice thing about the regular MacBook is that it has Intel graphics, which have good open source driver support. I started with Ubuntu 6.10 but it didn't support the hardware very well. I tried Ubuntu 7.04 (both "Herd 3" and "Herd 4"). 7.04 supported the hardware wonderfully, but the Grub bootloader that it installed was a constant source of frustration. Every time there was a kernel update (and on the beta release, that seemed to be quite frequent), Linux wouldn't be able to boot and i'd have to boot off the install CD and go in and fix it. The last time that happened i wasn't able to get it working again so i backed up my files and went with Debian, with which i am much more familiar. There are documents (Google for "<your Linux distribution of choice> macbook") describing how to get Linux installed without hassle. The only trick i found was when installing Debian to install Lilo instead of Grub, and to install it to the root partition instead of the MBR. Now i have everything working to my liking except for wireless, which i haven't tried to fix yet. Perhaps this weekend. By the way, i think this is my first post to this list. Despite not being anywhere near Tokyo, i subscribed a few months ago when researching Linux Japanese support. The last few months i've been learning Japanese and hope next year to visit the country once i understand enough of the language to carry on very basic conversation. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dan Ramaley Dial Center 118, Drake University Network Programmer/Analyst 2407 Carpenter Ave +1 515 271-4540 Des Moines IA 50311 USA
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