Ubuntu on my Macbook

I own a Macbook Pro for sometime now and had installed windows on it along with Mac OS. Windows kept crashing every few days and I had to reinstall it repeatedly. Finally, I got fed up and removed it completely from my Macbook. I have always loved Ubuntu as it is extremely user friendly and is powerful, owing to the fact that it has Linux Kernel. Having used Ubuntu while I was in University, I have a special kind of liking towards it. That was when I decided that I want to install Ubuntu on my Macbook.

How did I install Ubuntu?

Ubuntu1

  1. I had already partitioned my hard drive using Bootcamp assistant on Mac OS for windows. That was before updating my Mac OS to the latest version – Mavericks. Now when I open Bookcamp assistant, options look different. It just assumes that you are installing Windows and doesn’t just let you partition the disk.
  2. After partitioning the disk, just insert the Ubuntu installation disk (DVD in my case which I had burned using Ubuntu image).
  3. Reboot your Macbook and hold “Alt/Option” key when it is booting up.
  4. Select the inserted CD from the available boot options.
  5. Now start installing Ubuntu on your Macbook. Choose the appropriate partition (in this case, Windows) and install Ubuntu on it.
  6. Once the installation is completed, the CD is ejected automatically. Hit Enter after removing the CD to reboot your system.
  7. Again hold “Alt/Option” key when your Macbook is booting. Select “Windows” as the option.
  8. This is when you notice the familiar grub where you can choose to boot Ubuntu.
    grub1
  9. And your Ubuntu is up and running.

terminal1

Remove the Red light from headphone jack

ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ amixer set IEC958 off
 Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
 Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum
 Playback channels: Mono
 Mono: Playback [off]

Find your Macbook Hardware version (mine is pretty old)

ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name
 [sudo] password for ash:
 MacBookPro5,4

From the Ubuntu community, I found out that my Macbook needs 10.04 version, but I still went with the latest version.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro5-4/Lucid

Install Gimp

ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ sudo apt-get install gimp
 [sudo] password for ash:
 Reading package lists... Done
 Building dependency tree
 Reading state information... Done
 The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
 linux-headers-3.2.0-29 linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic-pae
 Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
 The following extra packages will be installed:
 gimp-data libbabl-0.0-0 libgegl-0.0-0 libgimp2.0 libilmbase6
 libjavascriptcoregtk-1.0-0 libopenexr6 libwebkitgtk-1.0-0
 libwebkitgtk-1.0-common
 Suggested packages:
 gimp-help-en gimp-help gimp-data-extras
 The following NEW packages will be installed:
 gimp gimp-data libbabl-0.0-0 libgegl-0.0-0 libgimp2.0 libilmbase6
 libjavascriptcoregtk-1.0-0 libopenexr6 libwebkitgtk-1.0-0
 libwebkitgtk-1.0-common
 0 upgraded, 10 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
 Need to get 17.7 MB of archives.

Unrar

I wanted to unzip some .rar files on my Ubuntu and I found this:

ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ unrar
The program 'unrar' can be found in the following packages:
 * unrar-free
 * unrar
Try: sudo apt-get install 
ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ sudo apt-get install unrar
[sudo] password for ash: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  linux-headers-3.2.0-29 linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic-pae
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  unrar
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 107 kB of archives.
After this operation, 266 kB of additional disk space will be used.

ash@ash-MacBookPro:~/Programs$ unrar x Pgms.rar 
UNRAR 4.00 beta 3 freeware      Copyright (c) 1993-2010 Alexander Roshal
Extracting from Pgms.rar
Extracting  a.exe                                                     OK 
....
All OK

More Info

  • Ubuntu runs pretty fast on Macbook.
  • I installed Ubuntu version 12.04.4 LTS, as I already had a DVD with that image.
  • Mac OS that I used was Mac OS X Mavericks.
  • Sound, keyboard, touchpad, wireless drivers are all working.

Links

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook

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