MacBook 5,2 and Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty)
You can find out, what model you have by typing at the terminal:
sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name
If you have a different model, please go here and find the right wiki.
Anything not mentioned here probably already works out of the box. If not, please refer to the Ubuntu Apple Users forum.
Desktop Effects (Unity)
Keyboard functions (Brightness,volume,...)
Suspend & Hibernate
Apple Remote Control
(works perfectly, but needs a little job)
(works, with remarks)
(won't work - please post if you have hints)
(not yet documented - please post if you can test)
Basic Installation Instructions
Common things about installing and maintaining Ubuntu on Intel-based Macs: Intel CPU-based Macintosh Generic Installation Instructions, but remember that rEFIT supports this MacBook only from 0.12.
If you don't get the option to install grub to /dev/sda3 during the installation as suggested in the installation instructions see this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1576028 If the system does not boot via the refit menu, try using the built-in bootcamp chooser (reboot while holding the alt-key down).
Also remember to edit the boot parameters and add maxcpus=1 so you will be able to boot
Works out of the box
Desktop Effects (Unity)
You probably want to enable the proprietary graphics driver. Go to System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers and choose the NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (latest version).
Left-click, right-click (two finger)use and basic trackpad work out of the box.
To enable two finger scrolling and tap to click:
System -> Mouse -> Touchpad
Fill in circle for Two-finger scrolling and if you want horizontal scrolling check that box as well.
All keys works out of the box, even with NVIDIA drivers. Screen Brightness keys works but doesn't shows the sun slider popup. If you install nvidia-bl-dkms the popups shows, but starts working a bit odd. I still prefer without it.
Standard sound works out of the box but you need to make a configuration change to get the headphones to work. You will need to edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and add the following line to the bottom of the file:
- options snd-hda-intel model=mb31
Suspend works out of the box. Hibernate not tested yet
The built-in webcam works following this simple howto: AppleiSight
Not tested yet
Note: Document was created with help from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook5-1/Natty