[Linux-aus] Laptop advise

Ben Dechrai ben at dechrai.com
Fri Nov 20 12:05:45 AEDT 2015

I'm currently running Debian Jessie on a 2010 MacBook Pro, and it runs
like a dream. I don't run any proprietary software[0] and don't have
issues with any hardware any more[1].

I can't talk for more recent hardware, but I feel confident saying the
compatibility of GNU/Linux distros on Apple hardware is improving vastly.

The only thing I'd like now is better power management. I understand
Macs running OS-X have excellent battery times due to Apple being able
to optimisation for a finite set of supported hardware, whereas other
OSs have a near infinite number of hardware variations they need to
cater for.


[0] I run Windows under VirtualBox in order to appease some of my clients.

[1] If you use external VGA displays often, you'll run in to EDID issues
with the Nouveau drivers due to the fact that most projectors are not
VESA compliant. Rather than install nVidia's proprietary drivers, I
bought a $25 HDMI to VGA converter, placing the VGA conversion and
communication load on the proprietary software in the dongle, and not my

On 20/11/15 11:29, Tennessee Leeuwenburg wrote:
> I understand you can run Linux raw on the hardware. I use VirtualBox
> and have not the slightest issue, but I understand my usage patterns
> may not match the needs of others. My main performance indicator is
> how well my text editor works when I'm coding :).
> More and more, I find I can do my Linux stuff directly on OSX without
> needing to reach out to Linux. 
> I'm happy to give more feedback on my experience, but I really
> couldn't be happier.
> On 19 November 2015 at 22:39, Michele Bert <micbert75 at gmail.com
> <mailto:micbert75 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     2015-11-19 11:46 GMT+01:00 Tennessee Leeuwenburg
>     <tleeuwenburg at gmail.com <mailto:tleeuwenburg at gmail.com>>:
>         I think even if it's not your favourite option necessarily,
>         the option of a Mac is the benchmark -- the one to beat
>     What about Linux though?
>     A colleague of mine bought a MacBook few months ago, planning to
>     use linux in a virtualbox hosted machine for most of the purpose,
>     relying on the native OSX only to run a couple of applications for
>     which a valid replace cannot be found yet. But he is very
>     unsatisfied, since he complains the performance he get under linux
>     are not sufficient for any daily usage.
>     And installing linux on a new MacBook is not an advice I would
>     give at all!
>     -- 
>     Mick
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