Introduction

This page is dedicated to installing Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn on a MacBookPro9,2.

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 appropriate wiki.

Overview

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Feature

Support status

Installation

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Upgrading

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Basics (Kernel stability)

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Sensors (temps & fans)

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Suspend & Hibernate

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Reboot

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Video & Effects (Compiz)

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LCD Brightness Control

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Fan Control

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HFS+

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Solid State Disks (SSDs)

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Bluetooth

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Keyboard functions (volume, etc.)

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Touchpad

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Wireless

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iSight

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Sound

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Microphone

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External Monitor

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Installation

Warning /!\ Please be advised, attempting to restart from OSX Yosemite, boot to a Ubuntu 14.10 live environment, and install by using the entire disc will not work. After rebooting from the install one would see a Folder with a question mark. There is no option to install alongside OSX. Hence, please follow these instructions verbatim, as they were used successfully.

First, before doing anything it would be best to take a freshly formatted USB drive, and do only one full Time Machine backup of an unaltered OSX Yosemite install via an external USB drive (~22GB). This will make it easy to start over if something doesn't work out.

Next, in OSX download refind-bin-0.8.7.zip. Open a terminal and execute:

bash install.sh

Reboot with your USB live environment plugged in and choose: "Boot Linux from"

Installation Type: Manual > Continue

Delete all partitions except for /dev/sda1 Type efi

New Partition size in megabytes: 5000
Location for the new partition: End
Use as: swap area

New partition size in megabytes: ALL REMAINING FREE SPACE
Location for the new partition: Beginning
Use as: Ext4 journaling file system
Mount point: /

Install, and reboot.

Wireless

Wireless (Broadcom Corporation BCM4331 802.11a/b/g/n [14e4:4331] (rev 02) does not work out of the box with the open source drivers, even after fully upgrading. Hence, one must use an alternate connection (ethernet, USB WiFi dongle, USB-to-ethernet, etc.).

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The open source drivers aren't functional with 802.11n as per here.

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Unfortunately, the proprietary drivers have severe performance issues with 802.11n as outlined here.

As well, the Power Management is turned on by default. In theory, having power management on reduces power consumption, nominally lowers internal computer temperature, nominally lowers electricity costs, etc. However, vendor implementations of this tend to not be perfect. Hence, it is recommended to disable this via a terminal:

sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off

ndiswrapper

This is non-functional with the drivers from Windows 8 (bcmwl6.inf and bcmwl63.inf).


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MacBookPro9-2/Utopic (last edited 2015-04-04 10:35:31 by penalvch)