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    Macbook Air for Linux

    I am currently a computer science student and have an MSI Gaming laptop. I have been dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 10 since my program requires Linux terminal. However, I haven't used windows in months. My gaming laptop isn't being used for gaming, I have a desktop for that now. So I put my laptop up for trade in hopes of getting something smaller, lighter, and with a longer battery life. I have gotten a trade request from a person who owns a 13 inch 2016 Macbook air ($1199 model at http://www.apple.com/ca/macbook-air/specs.html). First thing I would do is of course replace OSX with Ubuntu.

    Would this be a good trade considering my needs? Are there many issues going from OSX to Ubuntu? I would love any and all opinions on the matter.
    Last edited by evilvargon; November 16th, 2016 at 04:51 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Re: Macbook Air for Linux

    You can either dual-boot Ubuntu with OSX or wipe OSX and install Ubuntu over it. To dual-boot, I recommend that you install rEFInd within OSX (see: http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/) and then follow Rod Smith's instructions carefully. Some people recommend devoting at least part of your partition table to OSX so that you can perform firmware updates. Other people advocate running Linux only. I've done both and see the logic of both alternatives. In either case, however, I recommend that you set up your boot partition as /boot/efi, followed by /, swap, /home, and whatever other partition you think might be necessary. Good luck!

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    Re: Macbook Air for Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by g33zr View Post
    Some people recommend devoting at least part of your partition table to OSX so that you can perform firmware updates.
    That's not the only reason to hang on to Mac OS. I needed it for set up graphics on my MacBook Pro.

    Do dual-boot, or at least be sure to keep an installation of Mac OS on hand. Then you won't be caught out.

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    Re: Macbook Air for Linux

    ^Yes, good point. Should you get caught out, you might have to take your Mac to the nearest Apple store or repair shop and pay to have MacOS reinstalled.

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