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Arch Linux on MacBook Pro Retina 2014
By Thom Holwerda on 2015-01-17 20:18:03

I'm going to describe steps needed to have the following system:

  • Dual-boot with Arch Linux / Mac OS X
  • Boot manager UEFI Gummiboot (simple, can handle several kernels easily)
  • Full disk encryption (Mac OS X and Arch Linux)
  • LVM support
  • Suspend to disk using a swapfile
  • Settings for a great battery life (~09h30)

I keep the Mac OS X partition, to be able to update the firmware later.

Incredibly detailed 'blog post' (I would call it a website) on how to get, well, Arch Linux running on the MacBook Pro Retina 2014. I know Arch is quite popular among OSNews readers, so I figured this would be of interest to some of you. The article is a work-in-progress, so more information is sure to follow.

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Ok
By krakal on 2015-01-17 21:16:53
So I actually have an arch macbook pro, and it "kind of works".

The takeaway from my experiment is that Apple is 100% right in that controlling both the hardware and the software is necessary to maximize user experience.

A macbook on linux < macbook with os x.
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RE: Ok
By JAlexoid on 2015-01-17 22:50:08
That is why I shy away from MacBooks. OSX is too far away from my target platform. Too bad that ThinkPad T430s has a bad battery :(
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Or just buy a cheap Wintel laptop
By cmost on 2015-01-18 15:59:50
I understand the "coolness" factor when it comes to Apple hardware and its fans. I cannot, however; see the logic in taking the trouble to shoehorn Linux onto a highly proprietary (and comparatively expensive) Apple laptop when one can simply purchase a more powerful Wintel notebook for less than half the price of a Macbook and Linux will more than likely "just work" out of the box. But, maybe I'm just too practical.
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RE: Or just buy a cheap Wintel laptop
By torp on 2015-01-18 17:41:46
Well the guy is still getting 9 h 30 min battery life out of his laptop even with Linux. Show me the "more powerful Wintel laptop" that does that.
Models requiring a wheeled cart to move them around, or sounding like a vacuum cleaner, don't qualify.
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RE[2]: Or just buy a cheap Wintel laptop
By novad on 2015-01-18 18:31:56
24 hours...

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/pr...
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RE: Ok
By quackalist on 2015-01-18 21:01:16
Tosh, I get crap like it's best not to update a Mac to a newer OSX version cause of an extreme version of this argument by a Mac user. If true, it'd be saying OSX was a crap OS or Apple doesn't give a monkeys about its users......the later would seem a fair point, come to think of it.
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RE: Or just buy a cheap Wintel laptop
By quackalist on 2015-01-18 21:05:15
Well you might actually like Apple hardware and OSX but still want to run other OS's. It's been known, do it myself with Win/Linux boxen though I've not done so with my Mac Air, thinking of it though as I'm getting fed up with how buggy OSX can be
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RE[3]: Or just buy a cheap Wintel laptop
By torp on 2015-01-19 05:23:43
That looks nice. However the battery life claims have a lot of disclaimers and include "with second battery".
I guess if you'd rather have the option of running Windows and Linux instead of OS X and Linux, it could be worth buying.
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RE[4]: Or just buy a cheap Wintel laptop
By torp on 2015-01-19 06:33:45
> That looks nice. However the battery life claims have a lot of disclaimers and include "with second battery".
I guess if you'd rather have the option of running Windows and Linux instead of OS X and Linux, it could be worth buying.

Although this user review of the hi res model says 6 hours: http://www.amazon.com/Fujitsu-Sp...
At a quick google it also has a non high res screen option. Maybe the 24 hours claim is with the normal screen and extra battery? I wasn't able to find a configurator that would allow me to spec something comparable to a rMBP.
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