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Tech Specs:

  • 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L on-board memory
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 64GB flash storage
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No because you now have Mac OS X Lion... I really wanna see how you are going to install ubuntu now. – user77613 Jul 18 '12 at 16:09
What do you mean? – James Jul 18 '12 at 16:12
At this url is an advert for some one selling a similar spec machine with ubuntu, but no mac branding. The machine is fast enough (faster than mine). Run it live to test all the hardware. Also consider VirtualBox. – richard Jul 18 '12 at 16:14
@Jeffrey What? I have no idea what you are saying. – richard Jul 18 '12 at 16:16
With these specs it's more than obvious that it will run smoothly. The tricky part is installing Ubuntu from Mac OS X. – Rrjrjtlokrthjji Jul 19 '12 at 14:54
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Mostly It'd..because it runs fine on my brother's 1.6Ghz dual core Atom, but it may use up to 12gb of your flash storage.

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Thanks man - really appreciated it. – James Jul 18 '12 at 16:10

If its not too late here's the link to set it up on your Apple MBA(5,2):

I can confirm that the entire process went smoothly for me.

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I would be surprised if performance was any sort of issue for Ubuntu on that laptop. The biggest issue I would expect you to find is installation, and maybe a few bugs such as sleep/hibernate not working quite right, maybe shortcut keys not fully functioning, etc. As I have had these sort of small bugs with hardware that is very new in the past.

Actually I found a link where someone did successfully install Ubuntu to a 2012 Macbook Air. I haven't read it through, but the first few lines stated:

It is possible to install, though there are at least a few things not working. The biggest hurdle that I encountered was the install CD halting with:

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You might run into problems that your hardware is not recognized. In my case, Ubuntu did not recognize: - keyboard - trackpad - wireless - thunderbolt->ethernet

I haven't found a solution to these problems yet.

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I think the retina display might impose some problem, ubuntu is not yet ready to be working with such high pixel display.

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The MBA doesn't have a retina display. – Zifre Jul 18 '12 at 20:49
And even if it did, Ubuntu doesn't necessarily have a problem with it - Gnome will let you resize all fonts and Nautilus will let you resize all icons. Although this won't necessarily be true of the Unity top bar or of all your applications, some of which will cope much better with dramatically increased font size than others. – thomasrutter Aug 6 '12 at 6:06

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