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    macOS has dd utility and sudo -i will make you root even if the root account is not activated.

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    Working on a Mac is kind of irrelevant - at the bare bones level it's just an Intel laptop with a fancy bios.

    If you have access to a Windows machine, download Rufus, which is a super-easy tool for creating bootable USB sticks.

    Then download your distribution of choice, but I would recommend Linux Mint XFCE x86 edition iso. The specs of your macbook can easily run it - my main linux desktop has similar specs.

    https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

    Use Rufus in Windows to burn the .iso file on to the USB stick. You'll end up with a bootable USB stick.

    Insert it into the Mac and power on, when you hear the startup chime hold the Alt-Option key down until you get the boot menu. You should be able to select the USB to boot from.

    This will boot you into a full linux live environment. On the desktop you'll find an icon to install.

    I don't think UEFI should cause a problem - I have a 2013 macbook air that I installed Windows 7 on with no issues over UEFI - as compared to my wife's 2015 UEFI HP laptop that was a royal pain in the arse to put a real operating system on once I removed Windows 10 Spyware Edition.

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