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« on: September 06, 2017, 09:39:16 pm »
Hi, can linux be installed on a MacBook, if the MacBook is wiped ?

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Re: Macbook
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 09:56:55 pm »
Which model and year of Macbook ?
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Re: Macbook
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 10:07:49 pm »
Mid 2012 i5, 8GB MacBook Pro

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Re: Macbook
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 10:15:29 pm »
this should work for say Ubuntu 16.04:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro12-1/Wily
(even though it's aimed at Ubuntu 15.10, the procedure should be the same.

It'd probably be a good idea to create a LiveUSB and check you can boot from it before erasing the Macbook.
(and to have a way of reinstalling OS X if it doesn't work)
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Re: Macbook
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 10:20:25 pm »
Thank you, I can clone the hard drive, in the event it doesn't work, a bootable memory stick looks like the way forward, to start though.

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Re: Macbook
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 10:25:16 pm »
Here's another tutorial that should work with any Ubuntu based distro (Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Mint/Peppermint/Elementary/etc.)
https://www.techonia.com/960/install-linuxmint-macbook

I found that by looking here (and following a link), which specifically mentions a macbook pro 9.2 (mid 2012)
https://www.techonia.com/5774/ubuntu-16-04-running-macbook-pro

It mentions in the comments that the guy had disconnection problems with wireless disconnecting, but that's probably easily solved depending on the wireless adapter used .. we can figure that out if you're able to create and boot a LiveUSB.
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Re: Macbook
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 10:33:35 pm »
Looks like you can easily boot any distro that supports UEFI (which is pretty much all of them now) by simply holding the Mac's "option" key :)

If you have any problems creating the LiveUSB, give us a shout.
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