Re: general apple usage
With Hardy, MacBooks' hardware is fairly well-supported. If you're planning on single-booting with Ubuntu, it shouldn't be too much of a problem to get the disk partitioned; you have the option of formatting the disk as either GPT (can have as many real partitions as you want, with the first three bootable; extended partitions are not allowed) or MBR (operates the same as a normal PC). You'd need to do that from the OS X installer DVD, though, so GParted doesn't accidentally mess something up. As far as hardware support goes, the newest two MacBook models have a wi-fi card with the BCM4328 chip (used in many other laptops too), which has no native support in Linux but works fine with NdisWrapper. To get sound working, you need to add one line to a file and reboot--nothing too difficult. To make the iSight webcam work, you also need to install firmware from OS X, but there's a software package to basically automate the process. Other than that, I haven't run into any major problems.
Originally Posted by vegetali
Support for Macs is continually getting better, and getting Linux to run on a MacBook is well-documented. You may find that you like OS X too, though; I was pleasantly surprised by it myself when I bought my first Mac in November.
Edit: Er, wait. Is my assumption correct that the model you're being offered is the newest one? Hardware on older MacBooks is supported about the same, but the hardware itself is different (e.g. you wouldn't have to use NdisWrapper for the wi-fi card).
Last edited by Aranel; May 11th, 2008 at 12:36 PM.
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