I do a lot of scientific programming and data visualization.
My intention is to have a Mac partition, an ubuntu partition, and a free partition should I choose to install Windows 7 later. It would be a bonus to have instructions for that too.
After 3 weeks of combing the web and seeing contradictory advice and approaches, I found this thread and links which look like the most promising and in depth analysis: LINK:askubuntu.com/questions/367254/how-to-upgrade-from-refit-to-refind
I have no valuable contents in my current ubuntu partition, so I am planning on starting from scratch. The current issues I am experiencing are: 1) rEFIt shows a confusing population of "bootable" images despite there being one Mac and one linux partition; 2) I believe I installed grub into my ubuntu partition, and it probably was a mistake; 3) when using ubuntu, sometimes the screen will dim and all interaction fails for ten or so seconds, then the screen will brighten again and interaction returns (BIOS issue?); 4) I attempted to remove the tiny partition at the end of disk multiple times, but it always returned (is this the HFS+ partition?).
What must work when I finish the reinstall in both OSX and ubuntu: 1) wireless network; 2) speakers; 3) camera; 4) gpgpu; 5) thunderbolt monitor and network support; 6) suspend/resume with all devices restored; 7) with ubuntu running, shut lid and have exterior apple icon light turn off;
Here is my intended course of action: 1) destroy all partitions except for the tiny first and last ones and the Mac partition; 2) remove rEFIt or preempt it with rEFInd then remove rEFIt; 3) recreate the two partitions (1. Windows 100G, 2. ubuntu 128G); 4) boot into USB flash with non-MAC ubuntu 13.10. 5) then perform installation.
But here are web-sites that conflict from which I need to choose instructions: 1) LINK:www.betweendots.com/topic/28-how-to-install-ubuntu-on-a-macbook-pro-retina-2013/ 2) LINK:help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro11-1/Saucy avoiding grub; 3) LINK:www.rodsbooks.com/refind/ 3.1) LINK:askubuntu.com/questions/367254/how-to-upgrade-from-refit-to-refind 3.2) LINK:www.rodsbooks.com/linux-uefi/ 3.3) LINK:www.rodsbooks.com/efi-bootloaders/ 3.4) LINK:www.rodsbooks.com/efi-bootloaders/bootrepair.html 3.5) LINK:www.rodsbooks.com/refind/ 3.6) LINK:www.rodsbooks.com/refind/bootmode.html 3.7) LINK:www.rodsbooks.com/refind/using.html
Number 3 has a deep and careful analysis of rEFInd, part of which I have shown as links.
If you were to make an optimal dual boot on my machine, are there any other actions you would suggest? Are there adjustments to the instructions you would make?
I am a bit weak in configuration, and although I've done a lot of research, I feel I need a helping hand getting this just right.
So, here is the question. What is the exact sequence of steps to partition, EFI, and install ubuntu such that I avoid all those little gotchas that plagued me for the last few weeks?