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  • #11
    I wouldn't call it a messy install

    Running a pre-release of course is going to have its problems. First thing first is an `lspci` and confirm if you're stuck with a broadcom wifi chipset. I'm actually surprised the "quality" hardware in the Mac would even have such a chipset.

    I'm curious as to how a 13.04 *buntu release fares in the same hardware, perhaps trying a daily with updates rolled in to the disc. If I had money to burn, I'd replace OS X on it just to stick it to Mac folks, ah sadism.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by verde View Post
      I don't think there are any Macbook owners who would like to use Ubuntu as their primary OS. You buy Macbook for macOS mainly.

      If you buy Macbook for its hardware and you want to use Ubuntu, then why not buy an Asus Zenbook or a Dell XPS?

      It is good though to see Ubuntu working on Macbooks (for experimental purpuses)

      I use Ubuntu on my Macbook 13'' and iMac 27''. No laptop or all-in-one desktop has better hardware as far as I've seen in person when shopping. The hardware has worked well without issue for a couple years now.

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      • #13
        Originally posted by verde View Post
        I don't think there are any Macbook owners who would like to use Ubuntu as their primary OS. You buy Macbook for macOS mainly.

        If you buy Macbook for its hardware and you want to use Ubuntu, then why not buy an Asus Zenbook or a Dell XPS?

        It is good though to see Ubuntu working on Macbooks (for experimental purpuses)
        I've got Ubuntu 13.04, MacOS 10.7, and Windows 7 installed on my 13" MBP (2009, Core 2 Duo). My main OS at home is Linux Mint 15, and my workstation at work has Ubuntu 13.04 (with a Win7 VM).

        I wouldn't wipe MacOS from my laptop completely, but it only gets equal time when running on my laptop with the other 2 installed OSes.


        Also,
        Originally posted by vk512
        Most people who (still) buy Macs buy the Mac/Apple brand and don't know what an OS is. The smoother-than-PC experience is very expensive but people are blitzed into wanting it even if they cannot really afford it. And maybe only 5% of the adult population are willing to try Linux as their main OS (mostly objective reasons), and yet they may fancy a certain type of hardware (mostly subjective reasons).
        I'd argue that many people who buy a Mac understand what an OS is, and they are purposefully avoiding Windows in their purchasing decisions. Multiple members of my wife's immediate family own Macs, and they all are familiar with the OS decision that they made when choosing a Mac over a PC.... Of course it helps that many of them are/were in the print/publishing business.

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        • #14
          Most fun is that some test revealed that current OSX drivers for the "ac" wireless are quite slow - Windows installed on macbook gave much faster transfer


          Either so "ac" wireless is quite exotic at the moment, so buying a laptop just because it has ac built in isn't rational.

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          • #15
            Ouch, Linus has gotten fat.

            There are plenty that fit your exaggerated criteria.
            What was exaggarated?

            Samsung QHD display 3200 x 1800 :: pixel density 276 ppi.
            Chromebook Pixel 2560 1700 :: 239 ppi
            Retina MacBook Pro 2560 x 1600 :: 227 ppi
            I knew about the Pixel, but that comes attached to a Chromebook. Didn't know about the Samsung screen, thanks.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
              Come on Canonical get your shit together! You have copied all those looks from Apple. Now make it run on their hardware. It's the next logical step. Can't believe they still have problems on Macs.... There's people out there who would install Ubuntu with Mac OS X but can't.
              Canonical should just start manufacturing their own hardware. Now that's the next step.

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              • #17
                Ubuntu runs under VirtualBox on top of MacOS.

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                • #18
                  Ubuntu 13.04

                  I had serious issues trying to get Ubuntu 13.04 to install a bootable EFI. I never determined the exact solution; so I decided to use Ubuntu 12.10. 13.04 has a bug.

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