Linked by Eddyspeeder on Tue 6th Oct 2009 22:01 UTC
Apple Late June 2009 I bought a 13" MacBook Pro (2.26 GHz, 4 GB RAM). I suppose that after just three months, the blinding "first joys" over getting a laptop have worn off. By now, I deem my thoughts about this device to be realistic and of an appropriate level. The past few weeks I attained mastery over the Mac OS through personal discovery, accompanied by a very insightful book; I bought additional software and hacked the Dock to suit my preferences.
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Doesn't work well with Linux
by agnus on Wed 7th Oct 2009 10:55 UTC
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Member since:
2006-05-10

I have the same MBP. Indeed the hardware is very well put together and works seamlessly with the native MACOSX.

However I bought it mostly with Linux use in mind. I thought that because it is made with standard Intel & Nvidia chips it would work as good as any other laptop. Unfortunately there are SERIOUS problems with stability and heating. I was hopping that these problems would be fixed with the upcoming distributions but it seems that even ubuntu 9.10 beta has the same problems.

I am patiently waiting for the final 9.10 to come out. If it still doesn't work, I am selling the Mac.

Edited 2009-10-07 10:57 UTC

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RE: Doesn't work well with Linux
by Kroc on Wed 7th Oct 2009 11:35 in reply to "Doesn't work well with Linux"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Or file those bugs, vote for them, blog about it, generally contribute or if you can't contribute-- kick up a stink.

If no company is directly supporting your hardware, then it's up to someone else's company, or contributors to solve your problem. Selling the MacBook doesn't help you, and certainly doesn't help any other MacBook users in your situation.

The best thing you can do is make it your personal mission to get your hardware supported. If you can't code you can campaign. E-mail the necessary kernel devs to ask, write blog posts about the issues, file bugs -- if they're already filed, vote for them, blog them, contact the devs. Do _something_.

--Otherwise you'll be going from one machine to another never having a 100% experience and the OS should not dictate the hardware you want to use.

If you value running Linux on the MacBook more than OS X and more than monetary value of the machine then clearly you are a man of principles, and this is the opportunity to put those principles into action. Thousands of Linux users are relying on you.

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Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Disregarding these two great problems you run into, how does Ubuntu work on this type of laptop otherwise? Does the trackpad work? Does it boot fast?

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rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

The hell? You overpaid for a MacBook to run Linux on it? I'd never hire you as a consultant ...

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