There’s a ton of articles about this , and a lot of useful info around , but i wanted to write a little about this.
I’ve been rather annoyed at osx later , the whole permission to install from un-trusted sources , homebrew path change etc etc , for a while I’ve used OSX because it gets me “there” quicker , as in , i don’t need to do any configuration (wifi / multiple screens / fan control / thermald / etc / and I’m a bit OCD about this) .
I’ve decided to give arch a go last week , i have a macbook 11,1 https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/MacBookPro11,x , it’s a late 2013 with retina. I have a some experience using linux on laptops i knew this wasn’t going to be easy , but i hoped for the best and gave it a go.
I didn’t partition , I’ve decided to use the full drive for Arch so no EFI magic , I’ve used Arch purely and merely for AUR as I’m too lazy to clone from git sometimes and it’s the best to be cutting edge (which I was sure i was going to need for broadcom chispsets)
Anyways this is the list of problems i’ve faced:
- Retina (xfce needs a custom theme to be usable) [use xfce hidpi themes]
- Vtty Fonts too small [ vconsole.conf ]
- broadcom wl 4360 , random disconnections [yaourt]
- hibernate/suspend to ram works!
- trackpad …mtrack does a decent job … not comparable with osx [yaourt]
- battery life (im starting to accept i won’t get 9 hours , i get 5 with tlp powertop mbpfancontrol and others)
- this can be my ocd again but on idle is 10 degrees hotter than osx [:S]
Before i started all this i knew there will be some sacrifices to make , as we all know some things don’t work as well when drivers have to be reversed engineered (4360) etc , but overall im happy with it. It looks amazing and the things i need work pretty much out of the box (multi screens , wifi , suspend)
These articles helped me
The MacBook Pro 11,x consists of models with Retina display shipped by Apple In Late 2013 and Mid 2014. Like its…wiki.archlinux.org
Version française 2015-12-08 - gummiboot has been integrated to systemd 2015-11-06 - section about fan control 2015-03…loicpefferkorn.net
The installation process of Arch Linux on a Macbook Pro has quite a few caveats, but it is about the slickest machine I…codylittlewood.com
Perhaps in another post where I have more room and time I will get into all the reasons for installing GNU/Linux on my…mchladek.me
In the style of Michael Chladek, I thought it would be useful to my future-self and others, if I wrote up a summary of…visual-assault.org
Sorry about the images :)
Overall I’m excited to have full control of my laptop again and I am surprised how many things didn’t fail and work out of the box , you should give it a go .