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I have managed to get openSUSE 12.1 installed onto MacBook pro (mid 2011) Model identifier 8,1.
Most things seem to be working OK except for the wifi, DVD drive and (of course) click-and-drag functions on the trackpad (as the new Apple trackpads have no discrete button)
Has anyone had any success in getting any of the above to work?
I have read on a few places around the web that support for some of the newer Apple HW was introduced in kernel 3.2. and 3.3. I'd like to avoid having to compile a custom kernel but if push comes to shove I will have to. (the default kernel in 12.1 is 3.1)
I can provide any logs, HWinfo etc needed if this helps anyone.
[update] updated the kernel from the factory repo from version 3.1.x to 3.2.x series. DVD drive now working OK. Also looks like support for the particular Broadcom WIFI chipset in these models will be part of kernel 3.3 so looks like I'll have to wait for the good guys at the SUSE project to provide a pre-copiled RPM or compile a vanilla kernel myself :S.
Still no luck with the trackpad. Anyone have any luck with that?
Last edited by combrains; 03-10-2012 at 12:32 AM.
Reason: update troubleshooting steps
it's working so the kernel knows it's there. X is responsible for getting it to function the way you desire. I don't use gnome3, so you're lucky i had it on my Frugalware distribution. I've booted up Frugalware. Here's what you should try. open the activities menu; click Applications; On the right hand side there's a menu. Down close to the bottom of the menu is System Tools, click that. In the list of applications, there's one called system settings, open that. There a tool called, 'Mouse and Touchpad' open that. in the tool, open the touchpad tab.
Now, i have a 7.1 mac, and i don't think the trackpad has changed since, so here's what you'd need to do. Mark a tick on 'Disable touchpad while typing'; make sure there's no tick on 'Enable mouse clicks with touchpad'. Under scrolling, change it to, 'Two-finger-scrolling'. The horizontal scrolling is up to you.
That should do it. I hope that has helped.