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Old 07-25-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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A Simple Linux Question!

Ok just wanted to start off by saying hi, this is my first post and I am new to this forum. Ok so here is my question I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2008) edition and I am trying to find out if I install Linux on my Mac will all the hardware that comes with the Mac work correctly once Linux is installed. The reason if your wondering, why I asked this question is because I had heard through different sources on the internet that both the Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 ( firmware that was in my AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x8C) wireless card, and the wireless card itself would not work with Linux because their is no driver support for this card! So then I started wondering if there was any other issues with the other hardware components on my computer! Any help on this question is greatly appreciated!

Here are the specs for my computer also........

MacBook Pro (Early 2008)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU Speed: 2.4/2.5 GHz
FPU: integrated
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Data Path Width: 64 bit
Address Width: 64 bit
RAM Type: PC2-5300 SO-DIMM
Minimum RAM Speed: 667 MHz
Onboard RAM: 0 MB
RAM slots: 2
Maximum RAM: 4 GB
Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction
Level 2 Cache: 3/6 MB onchip, 1:1
Expansion Slots: 1 ExpressCard/34

Screen: 15.4 LED-backlit TFT/17" active matrix TFT (LED-backlit available BTO)
Video Card/Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
VRAM: 256/512 MB GDDR3
Max Resolution: 24 bit 1440x900/1680x1050
Video Out: dual-link DVI
Camera: iSight

Hard Drive: 200/250 GB 5400 RPM (w/SMS) (200/7200, 300/4200 available BTO)
ATA Bus: Serial-ATA
Optical Drive: 24x/24x/16x/8x/8x/8x/8x CD-RW/DVD±RW/DVD+R DL DL

USB: 2/3 2.0
Firewire: 1
Firewire800: 1
Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF
Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF
Speaker: stereo
Microphone: mono

Ethernet: 10/100/1000BaseT
Airport Extreme: 802.11n
Bluetooth: internal 2.1+EDR
Old 07-25-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!
now, I have never used a mac

But, I do know that Mepis can be installed on OSX(is that what you have?)
and being that Mepis is Ubuntu based
I would say it's worth a try.

this from the OSX readme in new Antix-8.2(smaller mepis)

The SimplyMEPIS Assistant for OSX is offered to help you prepare a MacTel computer for the installation of SimplyMEPIS.

This is experimental software. You use it at your own risk. This application is released AS-IS, with no warranty of any kind. It is probably incompatible with Sysytem Drives that have MS-Windows installed via Bootcamp Assistant.

MEPIS recommends that you do NOT install MS-Windows via Bootcamp Assistant. This may open your system to attack by blackhats. Instead we recommend that if you absolutely must install MS-Windows, run it sandboxed inside VMWare Workstation hosted in SimplyMEPIS.

MEPIS may be run from CD and/or installed on any MacTel computer that is running OSX Tiger with all of the latest updates installed.

The 64 bit version of SimplyMEPIS may be installed only on the MacTel computers that have Intel Core 2 or Xeon processors, and NOT on MacTels with Intel Core processors.

At this time, the MecTel firmware will not boot a SimplyMEPIS bootable USB Key.
hope that helps a little...
Old 07-25-2009, 11:03 AM   #3
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Hi Snowman, this is Falcon (no just kidding ),
Welcome. The quickest way to find out about hardware compatibility is to check the HCL's. There's one on this site but loads and loads of others.

You can also google using {name of hardware} and linux as your search words and you'll quickly tap into a wealth of information. If what you want to do can be done that somebody as surely done it already and (hopefully) posted the relevant information. It's out there; all you have to do is find it.
Old 07-25-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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You can also google using {name of hardware} and linux as your search words and you'll quickly tap into a wealth of information.
And if typing linux into all your searches gets boring you could use google's special engine for all things linux: link here
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Thanks Tredegar. I didn't know about that. LQ is the place to be!
Old 07-25-2009, 04:16 PM   #6
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I'm pretty new to Linux, just made the switch to Linux on all of my PCs/Server (with 1 exception)!! One thing that was helpful for me, was to boot Linux CD or thumb drive(ubuntu in my case),and test the drivers from that environment.

Good luck and have enjoy linux!!


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