For this particular tutorial, we are using , however most other Linux distributions should work. You need to hold the option key. Though not the norm, the MacBook Air offered definite advantages for me. You'll be able to connect to Wi-Fi, browse the web, write up an article or anything else you may want to do without making any permanent changes to your existing hard drive. The installation can go on, but halt at installing boot loader.
Maybe it's just simply manwork and money, since most of the people do improvements on their free time, I assume. They also have their own set of unique problems in some cases. Fedora 16 uses Grub 1. Any help would be appreciated. So when I got an option to get a laptop at my job, I took it. As I have learned it uses the syntax of Grub2. Hey, I have the same macbook air as you and followed your method and got an error when it tries to boot linux.
I wanted to be confident each operation I was running was correct. If you want a truly minimal desktop, use i3, but xfce is a better, less keyboard-driven choice if you prefer. Another little detail I did not like, was how function fn keys were default over the classic F F1-F12 keys - as a developer I rather depend on these and would prefer to control sound, brightness etc. The tutorial was originally written in Chinese on and Hey thanks for this! Your Mac starts up from. I tend to prefer Debian based distros, but am open to other suggestions if the hardware support is there. It sounds simple, but its important to remember: find a good tutorial s and stick to it. Now we get to install the operating system that your Macintosh has been longing for.
But I remember it was very Windows-alike, which is very good for those coming from Windows, but for me coming from Mac it was rather the opposite. Needless to say, make a backup of anything you need before you begin. It has a minimal installation, and I like this idea of installing nothing, but only what I need. Okay, that about wraps it up for this ditty, I hope it has worked for you. This fixed the issue for me. I don't mind messing with config files but I would prefer to avoid any messy hacks.
I knew nothing of Arch, so after giving my thought to Ubuntu clear no , Debian possible yes and Gentoo I always wanted to play with it, but on such a slow machine and having no experience… naaah. You should now be able to complete the installation and boot into Ubuntu as normal. Additionally, for a small lightweight machine, it has workable specs. When running Ubuntu, add nomodeset to the boot options - otherwise the screen will look garbled and you won't see anything. Some projects and pages contain trademarks which are property of their respective owners. I have not tried the other connectors.
I'm happy to know that for at least one more year, I'll be able to get the latest and greatest doodads, bells and whistles, and more importantly, I'll get the latest security updates good thing too as while I'll write this, we've just found out that and clients will need to be. This is what worked for me. The next step, and arguably the most important step in the entire process is about installing Linux on the partitions you previously configured in the Disk Utility. It was a pretty big failure. One which is small, of type swap and the other, the larger of the two, will be formatted as Linux ext4.
The cmd and ctrl keys were messed, but I think it should be easy to remap, or so. Rich, try I just picked up the Air 3,2 yesterday and am in the same situation as you. To change the behavior open a terminal and run:. The script fixes the graphic driver problems, so nomodeset is not required anymore. Think a little before an action. What do you do with your old hardware? This is the definitive guide! You might get a warning about secure boot, but if you choose to proceed the installation should still work.
Unfortunately not much of the difference. I tried everything in refind. I did prepare myself mentally for having to go through a week of cursing and sweating, but as it would turn out these concerns were entirely unfounded. I purchased usb with Linux mint already loaded. If you try, just be sure to know what you're doing. I am posting this from my Linux Mint desktop running on Macbook Air.
Feel free to mail me at snowdrop at wtactics dot org if you want to get in touch and exchange experiences: This far I have gotten a very diffuse and spread impression about how all of this will go. Next, change the config file to load the appropriate Linux file system driver. The problem was that it was a Macbook Air. If you want to format the partition this is the time. Have you created the new Linux partitions at the installation phase? There is now a snazzy tool called Etcher you can download it for free from. This post, in fact, is being typed from Mate on an early 2008 Macbook ;D. I've also heard that getting WiFi to work with Linux on a Mac-Book Air can be painful - Is this true and is there any way to get around it? Luckily I had a thunderbolt-to-ethernet dongle since this laptop doesn't actually have an ethernet port.
It has no internal optical drive, I have no external one. After going through the installation I noticed that I had no wifi. I got the Scanfor set to internal. Restart the Mac and hold the Option Key. Select that partition by clicking on the entry for it in the list of partitions. The Distro When I came to the question of the distro I took the slow specs as the cornerstone, so I need a minimal distro at first.