I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on a Macbook Pro 5.5. Everything has worked nearly flawlessly, with the exception of the wireless.
I cannot describe how poor the proprietary Broadcom driver is.
I'm unable to connect to about half the wifi hotspots I encounter. After I suspend, I can't connect to 99% of hotspots I encounter. I compare this to my Android smartphone, whose wifi is able to connect to 100% of hotspots that my Macbook can't connect to. I've found only after a fresh restart is my wifi at all reliable.
Does anyone know of, or have experience with alternative Broadcom WIFI drivers? The proprietary one is unfortunately the recommended choice in all the wiki docs I've found concerning Macbooks.
EDIT: I tried the procedure outlined here but it did not work. It consisted of:
sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source sudo m-a a-i broadcom-sta sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart sudo service network-manager restart sudo shutdown -r now
But after reboot...no wireless devices listed...
EDIT: Looking in /etc/modprobe.d, I found the following files that appear to block blacklist the b43 module. The file blacklist-bcm43.conf comments that's it autogenerated by the bcmwl package, but I don't know where the others are coming from (I might have added the myself a long time ago).
/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-bcm43.conf /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf