Has anyone tried linux on the MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gsmumbo, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. gsmumbo macrumors regular

    gsmumbo

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    I want to install it alongside my OSX install(specifically Mandriva) but I am not sure if it will work in Boot Camp or what not. Anyone try it and has it worked?
     
  2. bananas macrumors 6502

    bananas

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    Ubuntu Hardy Heron

    I tried Ubuntu 8.04 Beta yesterday. Easy to install, but you have to do few tricks to get wireless working. Touchpad didn't feel too good under Linux, but you can probably adjust it later.

    Just use Bootcamp, but instead of putting in a Windows cd use Ubuntu.

    Google for instructions. "installing" "Ubuntu" and "MacBook Air" should be good keywords.
     
  3. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    really...
    i do not have an air but a mbp and linux sent me a ubuntu cd a day or two ago an haven't done anything with it.

    any info you can share for bootcamp install?
    genius bar said it will not work in bootcamp so... they can be wrong
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Repeating my request, this time in boldface. DO NOT THREADJACK.
     
  5. hotdamn macrumors 6502

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    make a bootcamp partition with the bootcamp assistant
    after that bootcamp partition is finished, quit the assistant.

    (this is where I hope you have the external drive)
    burn a linux live cd and leave it in the drive.
    shut down the machine and boot it back up using the option key.

    you now should see 3 different disks to boot from, including your Macintosh HD, your newly created parition and the linux disk.

    click on the linux disk.
    tadaaaaaaaaaa
     
  6. benlangdon macrumors 65832

    benlangdon

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    ha it works
    just as you said
    thank you

    wow... linux is umm...
    i was going to try and post this in ubuntu but the network wouldn't work.
    its almost like a more technical windows
     
  7. hotdamn macrumors 6502

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    yeah, see, that's why I was asking why you need it, from the time I used it, it seemed like just one more factor to induce unnecessary headaches, in both usability and technical difficulty factor.
     
  8. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    ya and i think the fans do not turn on because my comp was 160 f sitting their sleeping then restarted in os x and they turned on to 6k

    so... ya.
    w/e i do not have windows, ill try it
     

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