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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:29 pm    Post subject: Advantages and Disadvantages for Gentoo on a Mac? Reply with quote

My girlfriend recently bought a new Macbook, which means I inherit her old Macbook for playtime. :-D

So what are some advantages and/or disadvantages to running Gentoo on a (semi-)modern Macbook (it's about 3-4 years old)?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:23 am    Post subject: Advantage: Distressing the hipster community :-) Reply with quote

I have one of the older core duo based macbooks on my bonepile. I had bought it because I thought I was going to need to do some work with getting auditing and hardening set up on Snow Leopard. That work didn't pan out so I set it up to dual boot. I didn't specifically try to stay with gentoo on it because I was also needing to use Fedora 14 for something else. So it went around with Snow Leopard/Fed14 on it.

The keyboard can be a bit of an annoyance at times because of the apple layout when you are used to a standard setup with the windows keys. Also the fingerpad required some research to figure out what I could get away with when trying to use it for X. I ended up carrying around a trackball to plug into it when I was doing serious copy-pasta with the middle button.

Not all of the sensors were documented on it, and I'm sure it's still the case that things will be a crapshoot trying to get under the hood type info about this stuff. Power management and suspend/resume/hibernate will probably be a crapshoot.

The look you will get from some hipster when you set up shop, plug in your trackball and then proceed to do a non-graphic boot via refit or whatever can be priceless :-)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what I'm looking for: pain points, benefits, cool features, annoyances, etc.

I'm not yet convinced that I want to put gentoo on that laptop. But, I'm familiar enough with gentoo and Mac, that I think it would be an interesting challenge. I also know that Intel based Macbooks are (for the most part) just like any other Intel-based laptop. So I'm just trying to fete out any major issues, before jumping ship.

Thanks for the response.
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