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#1 2006-03-16 07:33:08

Eugenia
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Question: Macbook support?

Does the 32bit version of ArchLinux boot on an Apple Macbook/imac/macmini machine? I mean, is the Linux kernel "intelligent" enough to try to boot using EFI instead of BIOS when available? Or a specially compiled kernel is needed?

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#2 2006-03-29 19:47:26

Eugenia
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Re: Question: Macbook support?

So, no one knows?

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#3 2006-03-29 21:15:07

Gullible Jones
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Re: Question: Macbook support?

IIRC kernel works, but I don't think X does... Not sure about that though.

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#4 2006-03-29 21:33:39

brain0
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Re: Question: Macbook support?

[thomas@gollum ~]$ grep EFI /var/abs/kernels/kernel26/config 
# CONFIG_EFI is not set

EFI seems to be supported by linux, but disabled in Arch's default kernel. Maybe you should file a feature request. Or you could make your own kernel and just try.

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#5 2006-03-30 18:04:52

Eugenia
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Re: Question: Macbook support?

I don't have a macbook yet so I can't try it. The whole reason I am asking is so I know if Arch works so I can buy one and run it aside OSX. I want to multiboot my [future] Macbook.

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#6 2006-03-30 18:10:40

Eugenia
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Re: Question: Macbook support?

I found some more info here:
http://www.mactel-linux.org/

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#7 2006-03-30 22:08:42

iphitus
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Re: Question: Macbook support?

Theres all the documentation there, and here that you need. Install it and let us know how you go.

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#8 2006-03-31 02:03:40

syamajala
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Re: Question: Macbook support?

i wonder if mol will work on the new intel macs. It would be nice to be able to run os x in linux with mol. http://maconlinux.org/

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