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Old 06-12-2007, 05:09 PM   #1
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Best and easiest distro for Macbook Pro?

I'm looking for a low maintenance amd64 Linux distro for my Macbook Pro C2D. I'm currently running Gentoo 2007.0 but don't have the time to configure it at the moment. I've considered downloading Ubuntu Feisty, OpenSUSE 10.2, or Fedora 7 but I'd like to know which distro (in your opinion) is easiest to install on the Macbook Pro and has the most compatibility with the hardware. Wireless, Suspend2, and good power management are a must. I'd prefer a distro that doesn't require me to recompile the kernel to get patches or hardware working (but compiling modules is fine).
Old 06-12-2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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I think MEPIS has some things geared toward the Intel Macs, try that and see how you like it.

Edit: Suspend and Hibernate are still an issue with Linux.
Old 06-13-2007, 07:47 AM   #3
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Are there MacBooks with AMD's 64 on them ?
Old 06-13-2007, 11:09 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by samael26
Are there MacBooks with AMD's 64 on them ?
Unfortunately not, but AMD came out with cheap 64-bit CPUs for laptops and desktops long before Intel so the default abreviation is amd64 even if the CPU was made by Intel. Both Intel's Core 2 Duo and AMD's Athlon, Turion, Duron and Opterons 64-bit CPU's use the same instructions so they are completely compatible with each other. However Intel has a different 64-bit CPU that uses different instructions (the Itanium) which is abreviated IA64.
Old 06-14-2007, 02:25 PM   #5
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Well thanks, angryfirelord, I think I'll try MEPIS and then Ubuntu for a day or two and see which one I like the most.
Old 11-15-2014, 04:07 AM   #6
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I use Manjaro on a MacBook Pro; over a year now and everything works out of the box.
I recommand XFCE as Desktop Environnment it's intuitive, by default with Manjaro and consume few memory.

Manjaro is like what Ubuntu for Debian, it is for ArchLinux.
So use the forum specifitly for Manjaro if you have question or you will not have a good experience.


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