My macbook startup kit for GNU/Linux - 06/05/2011, 06:47

Installing GNU/Linux on my Macbook computer is a huge PITA. So after much experimentation I came up with this set of files, in case I ever require to reinstall GNU/linux on this machine.

The first file (41 MB) contains
- A readme which instructs me to get GCC-4.3 and set export CC=gcc-4.3
- An STA-broadcom driver which works (latest as of today)
- The AppleUSBVideoSupport file which can be used to extract isight.fw for ift-load
- isight.fw for the lulz.
- grub_efi from Ste in the Ubuntu forums. The one who actually got GNU/Linux working on my computer.
- linux-image package 2.6.32.7-OLD_BUT_GOOD which plain works. No isight or sta-broadcom funkiness.
- NVidia 190.53 since it's the last driver I got to work which respected the brightness settings instead of frying my pupils. I might experiment with a few later versions but 270.* is confirmed as pupil-frying so I'm not too optimistic about that.

macbookwhite-5.2-definitive/macbookwhite-5.2-definitive-linux.tar.gz

The second file (170 MB) is the entire compiled kernel tree for the NVidia & STA-broadcom drivers to compile properly, without hassle, and without having to wait for the kernel to compile.

macbookwhite-5.2-definitive/linux-2.6.32.7-compiledtree.tar.gz


The only thing the 2.6.32.7 kernel doesn't do properly but modern kernels do, is sleeping and waking up twice. Oh well.

This blog post is mostly for me, since I might forget where I put the files otherwise, but it might be useful for other people too.



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