Mint on my air

yuedatte

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Original poster
Jun 16, 2013
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Mexico
I just bought a 13 " i5/8gb/256 macbook air. Loving it!!! but feeling a little into linux mint. I have reasons to believe a lot of the hardware won't work. Does anyone have an idea of what to do?
 

trondah

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Dec 1, 2008
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I would definitely expect issues with everything from the bootloader, wifi/bluetooth drivers, power saving, displayport to hdmi, etc. I'm a Linux user since 1995 and use it professionaly every day, but I can never understand why anyone would want to buy a Mac to use Linux on. I agree with those saying run it in a VM if you must.
 

marzer

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Nov 14, 2009
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I just bought a 13 " i5/8gb/256 macbook air. Loving it!!! but feeling a little into linux mint. I have reasons to believe a lot of the hardware won't work. Does anyone have an idea of what to do?
Mint + VirtualBox = Refreshing Linux Fix :D

I've done this myself, easy to set up and FREE!
 

alex0002

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Jun 19, 2013
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New Zealand
The virtual machine options have been covered in other posts, but if you want to dual boot OS X and Linux there is some info here:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=apple_mba2013_ubuntu

Right now, the built in WiFi won't work with the standard kernel drivers, you shouldn't expect the same battery life as OS X and stability might not be so good at this stage, but most likely nothing that won't get fixed in time.