[Cialug] distro for ibook

David Champion dave at dchamp.net
Fri Dec 4 13:48:28 CST 2009

When I ordered my current laptop (a Dell D620) I was able to choose the 
option of an Intel wifi, over the default Dell / Broadcom wifi.

Don't know if the Mac uses a mini-pci card like a lot of other laptops, 
but if you really didn't like it, you could look into changing your 
card. Of course... OSX may not like that very well.


Brandon Griffis wrote:
> Thanks for the details and the link.  Can't believe they expect so 
> much $$$ for those laptops and then cheap out with things like 
> broadcom wireless.  No wonder wireless reception is kinda crappy with 
> Macs.  Good to know.
> On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 10:10 AM, Matthew Nuzum <newz at bearfruit.org 
> <mailto:newz at bearfruit.org>> wrote:
>     2009/12/4 Brandon Griffis <brandongriffis at gmail.com
>     <mailto:brandongriffis at gmail.com>>
>         We're about to get a macbook pro in at my office (intel
>         based).  Anything to know about putting linux on it?  Does
>         gparted work just as well for resizing the OSX partition or do
>         I need to use something else to be safe?  Does grub work on
>         Macbooks or do I need a different boot loader?
>         I suppose, basically, will linux install on the Macbook Pro
>         the same as it does on any PC (HP, Dell, Toshiba) laptop
>         running Windows or is there something to know or do
>         differently in the process?
>     I've got a macbook pro and it runs Ubuntu great. Use bootcamp to
>     create the partition. It will name it "Windows." Ignore most of
>     the instructions Mac OS gives you. Boot off the Ubuntu CD and
>     isntall into the free space. When you want to reboot hold down the
>     option key while you turn the computer on and instead of botting
>     into Mac OS it'll prompt you to choose what partition to boot.
>     I've heard there's somethign called ReFit (or similar) that gives
>     you a boot menu. I've not used it since I reboot quite infrequently.
>     There are detailed instructiosn for many models here:
>     https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MactelSupportTeam/CommunityHelpPages
>     The most important thing I know of is to have ethernet networking
>     handy since the wifi chipset probably won't work out of the box.
>     It uses broadcom or one of those uncommonly supported chips.
>     -- 
>     Matthew Nuzum
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