Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro & Linux Don't Mix
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 1 December 2016. Page 2 of 3. 39 Comments

The Broadcom WiFi was detected at first and was pleasant to see that supported, but I never was able to connect to any of my home networks and it also wasn't seeing some of my WiFi networks. But at least the Ethernet connection on my USB-C adapter was working fine.

Some have reported problems too with the NVMe SSD of the 2016 MacBook Pro.

And the highly promoted Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro? That doesn't work either yet with Linux (nor Windows). That won't be supported on Linux unless someone does some reverse-engineering and writing a driver for it, so you likely won't see such support in the near future.

What else makes the Linux experience bad on the 2016 MacBook Pro? The power usage is noticeably higher with Ubuntu than macOS 10.12... The laptop was fully-charged and running on AC power, backlight the same, and comparing the use of the basic desktop between Ubuntu and macOS... Ubuntu on the WattsUp Pro power meter was reporting an AC power draw of 83 Watts while under macOS it was usually around 70~73 Watts and the highest peak at all was 81 Watts.

While the mode-setting was working, only LLVMpipe was working, so no accelerated graphics.

That was my experience from a few hours with the 2016 MacBook Pro. So while it's a horrible experience with Linux right now, I couldn't help but to run a few benchmarks....


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