New Macbook Pro 7.1 - No Linux Allowed!
I don't think there is anything else on this site about this. "I HOPE".
I have just bought a new macbook pro 13" version 7.1
Machine stats are this :
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 8 GB
I am running snow leopard which came with the machine. I have used bootcamp to install a fat partition on the machine and also installed refit.
Okay heres the scoop ive downloaded fedora core 13, 10 wouldn't install so i thought i should update to 13 and try again.
So I downloaded Ubuntu 10.04, Gentoo "latest release", Debian "latest Release" and so on... I think all up 6 different versions... None would install... I didnt look into much further than that before I thought I would backup and wipe out snow leopard and then try again....
So by this stage I looked at it more properly ...
The problem I am having is no matter what distro I try they all have the same problem... they boot up get so far and then can't find the cdrom ??? has anyone else heard of the this yet with the new macbooks... I think it might be another sneaky trick of apple to lock people out! *dont like it to much*... I love linux and would like to have anyone of the distro's on my machine but just can't get it to find the cdrom on boot...
Help Please if you can ..
Ubuntu 10.10 Works for me
I've got a 13" MBP 7,1, running Ubuntu 10.10 since late Nov. 2010. The documentation for Ubuntu on MBP help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro says that none of the CDs prior release 10.04.1 will boot on this machine (i.e. you can't use the original 10.04 iso release of the current Long-Term-Support version on this machine). The same kernel issues that prevent this may be what you were running into with the other distros if the weren't the latest kernel.
There are still various hardware issues to clean up. As of now though, the documentation at help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro7-1/Maverick covers everything that I needed to get 10.10 64 bit running well on my Mac. I do strongly recommend compiling your own wireless driver from Broadcom's source code as performance with the current version in the Ubuntu repositories is awful.