2018 version, replacing MacOS

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by groverb, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. groverb macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    I'm interested in the MBP '18 hardware and profile, but not the software. Has anyone replaced MacOS with Linux? If so, what distro did you load and how does it perform?
  2. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    If you want to install and use Linux, why not buying another pc? You will save loads of money! The sole and only reason I still pay absurd prices for an Apple computer is due to macOS.
  3. c0ppo macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2013
    Don't do it. Every ThinkPad will work way better with Linux than any MBP. Aand you get better ports and better keyboard. Only reason to purchase MBP is Mac OS and the software.
  4. iMacDragon macrumors 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    the 2018 will be an extremely bad laptop for linux, hardly any of the esoteric hardware is supported, or supported well if supported at all. ( the keyboard/trackpad, touchbar, wifi, T2, etc )
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    What are you looking to do? Are the apps you need available in Linux? Before taking the plunge, you'll need to line up your ducks, so to speak. Ensure that the platform is capable of running what you need to run.

    Then as @iMacDragon mentioned, you may be in for a lot of work finding drivers, tweaking conf files to get linux to work. I think Ubuntu may be a safe version. There's also Elementary OS, which has a somewhat look/feel of macOS, and that's based off of Ubuntu. Mint is another popular distro.

    Download VirtualBox, for MacOS, and then try the distros within a VM and see if you like the way they work and/or handle what you throw at them. Also visit their support sites to see how compatible the MBP is for that particular distro.
  6. Traace macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2018
    I like the new ThinkPad AMD Ryzen, good performance, easy swappable keyboard, M.2 slot. works good with linux.
  7. groverb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    I'm waiting for refurbished market with prices approaching reasonable numbers. Then again, the ThinkPad is a top alternative.
  8. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    Replaced my 2010 17" MBP with a 6-week old, pretty much never used ThinkPad L470 (i5, 8GB RAM (upgradeable), 1080p IPS 14", 128 GB SSD (user-replacable, supports M.2), all the ports I need, and great keyboard) for about $300 all-in (CAD$400).

    It's refreshing to get so much for so little. I don't have to muck around with ports and dongles, I can service/replace the drives, RAM, and battery (which gets about 12-16 hours for what I do), and Linux (Mint Xfce for me) works without hassle (though I mostly use Windows 10 on it).

    Hard to go wrong with a ThinkPad, although sometimes their pricing seems really wonky at times, at least in Canada.

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