I own a Macbook Pro for sometime now and had installed windows on it along with Mac OS. Windows kept crashing every few days and I had to reinstall it repeatedly. Finally, I got fed up and removed it completely from my Macbook. I have always loved Ubuntu as it is extremely user friendly and is powerful, owing to the fact that it has Linux Kernel. Having used Ubuntu while I was in University, I have a special kind of liking towards it. That was when I decided that I want to install Ubuntu on my Macbook.
How did I install Ubuntu?
- I had already partitioned my hard drive using Bootcamp assistant on Mac OS for windows. That was before updating my Mac OS to the latest version – Mavericks. Now when I open Bookcamp assistant, options look different. It just assumes that you are installing Windows and doesn’t just let you partition the disk.
- After partitioning the disk, just insert the Ubuntu installation disk (DVD in my case which I had burned using Ubuntu image).
- Reboot your Macbook and hold “Alt/Option” key when it is booting up.
- Select the inserted CD from the available boot options.
- Now start installing Ubuntu on your Macbook. Choose the appropriate partition (in this case, Windows) and install Ubuntu on it.
- Once the installation is completed, the CD is ejected automatically. Hit Enter after removing the CD to reboot your system.
- Again hold “Alt/Option” key when your Macbook is booting. Select “Windows” as the option.
- This is when you notice the familiar grub where you can choose to boot Ubuntu.
- And your Ubuntu is up and running.
Remove the Red light from headphone jack
ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ amixer set IEC958 off Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0 Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum Playback channels: Mono Mono: Playback [off]
Find your Macbook Hardware version (mine is pretty old)
ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name [sudo] password for ash: MacBookPro5,4
From the Ubuntu community, I found out that my Macbook needs 10.04 version, but I still went with the latest version.
I wanted to unzip some .rar files on my Ubuntu and I found this:
ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ unrar The program 'unrar' can be found in the following packages: * unrar-free * unrar Try: sudo apt-get install ash@ash-MacBookPro:~$ sudo apt-get install unrar [sudo] password for ash: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: linux-headers-3.2.0-29 linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic-pae Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them. The following NEW packages will be installed: unrar 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 107 kB of archives. After this operation, 266 kB of additional disk space will be used. ash@ash-MacBookPro:~/Programs$ unrar x Pgms.rar UNRAR 4.00 beta 3 freeware Copyright (c) 1993-2010 Alexander Roshal Extracting from Pgms.rar Extracting a.exe OK .... All OK
- Ubuntu runs pretty fast on Macbook.
- I installed Ubuntu version 12.04.4 LTS, as I already had a DVD with that image.
- Mac OS that I used was Mac OS X Mavericks.
- Sound, keyboard, touchpad, wireless drivers are all working.