Discussion:
Arch Linux on MacBookPro13,3
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Jeremy Brown
2018-03-01 19:25:55 UTC
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Hey Arch folks,

I have a work-provided laptop which is a MacBookPro13,3; in other words a
fairly recent MacBook Pro (one of the touch bar ones). I've shrunk the root
partition on it and would like to install Arch on a second partition and use
that as my primary OS. I've been able to do this with previous versions of
MacBook Pros no problem.

However, doing some research it appears as though installing Linux on this
hardware is difficult and many of the components either require extensive
customization (e.g. building your own drivers) or don't work at all:

https://github.com/Dunedan/mbp-2016-linux
https://gist.github.com/roadrunner2/1289542a748d9a104e7baec6a92f9cd7

Assuming that page is correct audio, wifi, and suspend not working (or barely
working) are going to be dealbreakers for me, I think. I'm going to take a
crack at it in the next few days but wondered if anyone in arch-general had any
success with similar hardware. Is it livable, or is the driver support and
such just not there yet?

Cheers,

Jeremy
Christoph Gysin via arch-general
2018-03-02 07:28:08 UTC
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I'm running arch on a MacbookPro13,1.

There used to be a really annoying bug with the NVMe controller, that
would delay bootup by up to 2 minutes. Luckily that has been fixed in
4.15.2 or so. The only feature I'm really missing is working
suspend/resume (wifi works on the 13,1). With kernel 4.16, bluetooth
will work out of the box on the 13,3 (13,1 still needs a small patch
currently).

For out-of-tree drivers, there are AUR packages:
webcam: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/bcwc-pcie-git/
keyboard/touchpad: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/macbook12-spi-driver-dkms/

Both are working on getting them into mainline.
Post by Jeremy Brown
Hey Arch folks,
I have a work-provided laptop which is a MacBookPro13,3; in other words a
fairly recent MacBook Pro (one of the touch bar ones). I've shrunk the root
partition on it and would like to install Arch on a second partition and use
that as my primary OS. I've been able to do this with previous versions of
MacBook Pros no problem.
However, doing some research it appears as though installing Linux on this
hardware is difficult and many of the components either require extensive
https://github.com/Dunedan/mbp-2016-linux
https://gist.github.com/roadrunner2/1289542a748d9a104e7baec6a92f9cd7
Assuming that page is correct audio, wifi, and suspend not working (or barely
working) are going to be dealbreakers for me, I think. I'm going to take a
crack at it in the next few days but wondered if anyone in arch-general had any
success with similar hardware. Is it livable, or is the driver support and
such just not there yet?
Cheers,
Jeremy
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