I thought it would be beneficial to start documenting experiences with installation of Pop on Macs. With the latest kernel upgrade, Linux on Mac has become much easier. So questions, guides or experiences - let us have it.
I'll get straight to the point.
When I started Pop!_Planet, I launched it because I saw a need for a centralized community for Pop!_OS. To be frank, I never expected the level of popularity it has achieved. Over the last year, we have gone from under 50 users, to almost 400 users. That's awesome! However... it also comes with a downside. We are rapidly running out of disk space on our server, and the bandwidth costs go up every month.
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Thank you for your time,
Let me start
2017 MacBook Pro 14,1 (A1708)
Pop_OS 19.10 with Linux kernel 5.3.
* Display, full resolution. Retina worth a sin on it's own
* WiFi, with b43 firmware installer
* Keyboard, incl. Fn keys
* Touchpad, with some glitches, but really usable
* Bluetooth. Tried external BT dongle - no luck
* Sound - speakers & jack. There are some attempts to fix it (e.g., https://github.com/davidjo/snd_hda_macbookpro/issues/6) , but it's just the beginning and requires kernel recompile with sources from davidjo's github project. Some say sound is working via HDMI, but I have no possibility to test this.
* External monitors
I think that the sound is the critical issue now. It is hard to use content without it working. Bounty for fixing it anyone ?
I didn't use this MacBook Pro with OSX, but previous user had no sound issues at all.That sounds like either the drivers or firmware related to the video card. Have you ever had any issues with the speaker while running the Mac OSX?
I support your idea of having centralized knowledge base on specific matter, e.g., Ubuntu on Apple HW. I doubt if Ubuntu Wiki is the best place for this for several reasons:Because of lineage, would utilizing Ubuntu Mac support page be a starting point for documentation for us ?
(Lots of work done here : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MactelSupportTeam/CommunityHelpPages )
I concur with somewhere between 85-90% of what you said. I am concerned that we maybe having a communications issue, so I will ask these questions :I support your idea of having centralized knowledge base on specific matter, e.g., Ubuntu on Apple HW. I doubt if Ubuntu Wiki is the best place for this for several reasons:
I'm not saying that this forum is the ideal place to gather the knowledge, but at least it gets focus from users here. I believe, that Ubuntu community kind of lost interest to "exotic" HW from Apple, plus there are plenty of "normal" computers available out there, which is easier to "convert" to Linux machines.
- Support of Aplle's laptops is wider, not just Ubuntu's topic. I think this kind of knowledge should be at Linux kernel's wiki or similar.
- MactelSupportTeams' wiki seams outdated. It's mostly about pre-2015 Apple laptops, where those machines were more similar to "normal" laptops, without Apple's tricks (or less of it), thus much easier to install and use.
My personal "mission" here is to upcycle my MBP I got from other person. I wouldn't buy a Apple laptop with the sole intention to install linux, because, e.g., Dell, HP laptops are easier to make linux-only computers. On the other hand, having MBP laying around (and lacking success in selling it ), why not to try to use it with beloved OS ? Despite poor HW compatibility with current linux kernels, awesome FOSS community steps in and makes things work And we just collect info on this, so others could also benefit from similar cases.