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I am planning to buy a new laptop and as I'm an Ubuntu Fanatic. I'd like to know whether the procedure of installing Ubuntu on a Mac is as simple and straight-forward as it is on a PC. If it is then I'll go with Mac otherwise I'll stick to Lenovo.

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I had once installed Ubuntu on a MacBook PRO at work and fond it hard to set it up in a power-saving way.The result was, that the MACBook ran 8 hrs with Mac OS and 3 hrs with Ubuntu.On my Opinion you should either head for the Lenovo, or, if you like MAC, just use MAC OS, which is not too bad.And as it is a Unix derivate many thinks work similar deep inside and many software can be simply compiled for MAC. –  Michael K Jan 10 '12 at 8:12
    
Thanks Michael. Was it a smooth installing experience or did you face any issues? –  subeh.sharma Jan 10 '12 at 8:30

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It depends on which Mac you want and what version of Ubuntu you want to install on it. Take a look at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook for more information. There you can find exactly what works and what doesnt work on specific MacBooks

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Thanks, I'm planning for MacBook Pro 7,1 and Ubuntu 11.10. –  subeh.sharma Jan 10 '12 at 8:18
    
hmm..the link you pasted gives a pretty easy way of installing. Looks like I could have the best of both the worlds! Thanks alot for sharing! –  subeh.sharma Jan 10 '12 at 8:38

Latest compatibility information can be found at Ubuntu Friendly, a site that syndicates user-submitted hardware test data. As of Ubuntu 11.10 it looks like Macbooks run pretty well with Ubuntu with the exception of poor suspend/resume support, which knocks down their rating considerably.

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Wow! that's pretty neat! Thanks for sharing –  subeh.sharma Jan 10 '12 at 8:37
    
Regarding the suspend/resume on Mac laptops, upgrading to 12.04 fixed that issue for me. No hardware problems from the upgrade either, so I consider it a success :) –  Chan-Ho Suh May 19 '12 at 15:06

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