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Before installing Linux on MacBook Pro

Read these articles before starting. If you have links to other resources or your own suggestions, please post them in the comments below.

Ubuntu Documentation: “MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation”

Suggests keeping at least a minimum Mac OS X partition for installing future firmware updates. Seems sensible to me, not to mention for other applications.

Ubuntu Documentation: “MacBookPro4.1 and Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty”

Info on various hardware features and whether they work or not. Most things listed as “works, with remarks”, with a couple of “works out-of-the-box.”

Ubuntu Documentation: “MactelSupportTeam/CommunityHelpPages”

Welcome to the entry-point for Ubuntu on Intel CPU-based Macintosh Computer (Mactel). This page covers all supported versions of Ubuntu, cross-referenced to all Mactel types and hardware revisions.

Ubuntu Forums Apple Users

Discussions for users who are using Apple Intel or PPC based systems with Ubuntu.

Mac|Life: “Install Linux on Your Mac”

And here’s how to go about setting up the partitions properly. Uses Mint, but it’s the same difference.

Switching: Linux App Equivalents

I have been in the process of planning out switching to Linux in 2010 for my main development computer (a laptop), as well as for various web and database servers I am responsible for at work.

I’ve been making good use of Sun’s awesome (and free) VirtualBox program, which allows me to create any number of virtual computers to experiment on. I’ve had a couple of CLI-only server versions running (Debian and Ubuntu), as well as what amounts to a desktop system for the last three Ubuntu releases: 8.10, 9.04, and the just-issued 9.10.


My User has information that could… that could make this a free system again! No, really! You’d have programs lined up just to use this place, and no MCP looking over your shoulder.

I’ll cover the whys and wherefores of switching in the future. For now, suffice to say that the ever-increasing commercialization of Mac OS X, with accompanying restrictions, has been grating on me for some time now. I am also attracted to the notion of software freedom (having been a huge fan of the original Tron movie ;) and of course the cost savings can be dramatic. And since I work primarily in education, I think we would be neglecting our duty by not exploring the open-source world.


All that is visible must grow beyond itself, and extend into the realm of the invisible.

One of the first and ongoing steps is compiling a list of application equivalents to programs I am need of.

Still looking:

  • Time Machine (backup) -> roll-my-own or manual?
  • Bluetooth File Exchange -> built into Gnome?

Stuff that exists in both places:

If you’re looking into switching as well, or just are looking for new apps to try out whatever your platform, check out AlternativeTo, which provides alternatives for Linux, Mac, and Windows programs.

Note: Written before the current cold whacked me in the head and upper respiratory tract. Bits are incomplete. Suggestions are welcome.

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