View Full Version : Linux on Macbook

11-01-2007, 08:49 PM
I recently purchased a Macbook with 2gb of ram and a 2.16 Ghz processor. I was wondering if anyone knew what distribution of linux would run the most smoothly on my setup.

11-01-2007, 09:45 PM
I would say Ubuntu. It's a pretty nice linux system. lots of drivers and good community support. You can download a live CD and try it out. It's totally free.

11-02-2007, 01:49 PM
Linux Mint (http://linuxmint.com/) is also a very nice distribution - it's based on Ubuntu, so it has the same community support and repositories (for software) that Ubuntu does. It is setup with restricted codecs and drivers pre-installed, and it looks nicer than Ubuntu Proper's brownish UPSesque theme.

11-02-2007, 02:07 PM
Virtually any major Linux distro will work well. Ubuntu, SuSE, Redhat, Debian to name a few.

You can also try these using Parallels or VM Fusion, to save on dual booting or partitioning up precious HDD space.

11-03-2007, 06:20 PM
I've currently been using Ubuntu on my MacBook Pro for just over two months. I installed rEFIt and used to use Ubuntu 7.04 it worked but there were a few problems. But since the 7.10 release I've installed it everything works fine. The sound, lighting, iSight, keyboard lighting, sensors (not sure everything). The only thing that's giving me problems is the nvidia graphic card witch I can't seem to install the official driver. It works until I reboot and then it's set up to the defaults again. But I think that this can be fixed I just have to find some time. Everything else works fine (accept for a kernel bug that doesn't recognize my Nikon camera but that's a another story).
Anyway I thought it would be tougher to setup everything, but now I'm glad I got the a Mac.

Nice day to you.