The Macbook Air is a laptop in the Apple Macbook Family. Use this tag if you have trouble installing or using Ubuntu on the Macbook Air.

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How to install on a MacBook Air 3,2 without an external CD drive?

I've got a new MacBook Air which I'd like to install Ubuntu on. It has no internal optical drive, I have no external one. I do have the ability to partition the disk and also have a USB flash drive ...
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How well does the Macbook Air work with Ubuntu?

I'm thinking of getting a nice laptop [thin like Macbook Air, Actually I'm thinking of getting Macbook Air itself]. Question is, how well it will go with Ubuntu. Being ubuntu user for last 7 years, I ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on a MacBook Air?

How can I install Ubuntu on a MacBook Air? I want it to dual boot, is it possible? Do I have any benefits by install Ubuntu or Linux? Since OS X has Unix tools like bash, isn't is the same?
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Grub won't install on Macbook Air 5,2 (13" 2012) [closed]

I've run into a brick wall trying to get 12.04.1 LTS running on my new MacBook Air 5,2 (2012 13" model). The problem I keep getting is GRUB failing to install; here's the output from virtual terminal ...
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Why do I have no WiFi on a MacBook Air 14,2?

Just installed Quantal on my MBA. Wireless worked fine until I ran the first software-update and now it cant find the wireless driver. Wired works fine but I dont have root privileges on network and ...
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any experience with MacBook Air 5.2?

Our company has purchased a MacBook Air 5.2 (13 inch screen) and we want to run Linux on it, with preference for Ubuntu. My first attempt failed. I prepared a USB stick as boot device following the ...
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After update to 13.10: 2nd standby after opening lid

Updated the Lubuntu from 13.04 to 13.10 on my MacBook Air. Ever since, when I open up the lid after standby, the system wakes from standby but after a few seconds it goes into standby again. There ...
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Mac OS X won't boot from grub menu in Ubuntu Precise on Apple MBA(5,2)

I have set up Ubuntu Precise on the new 2012 edition of the Apple MBA(5,2) following the excellent guide over here. Now I want to uninstall rEFIt, in order to avoid going over the boot options twice. ...
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MacBook Air MID 2012 Fan Control on Ubuntu 13.10 and higher

On my MacBook Air MID 2012 I use Ubuntu since 12.04. After installing Ubuntu I had to install the "macfanctld" package (incl. configuration) to get the fan control of my MBA working. If not, the fan ...
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Restoring rEFIt on Macbook Air

My Macbook Air dual boots Mac OS X and Ubuntu Precise. Normally when you turn it on the first thing you see is the rEFIt menu which allows you to select which OS to boot. If you select Ubuntu then ...
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Super Key not opening launcher

Alright so I have 12.04 installed on my macbook air and somehow it is not recognizing any key as being the Super key both the Option key and the Command key are coming up as an Alt key. I have no idea ...
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Will Ubuntu run smoothly on my 2012 MacBook Air?

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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Changing the screen resolution on 12.04

I am running 12.04 within Parallels 7 on an 11" MacBook Air. I'm trying to set the display resolution to the native 1366 x 768 but Ubuntu doesn't list this as an option. How can I add the correct ...
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Macbook Air Touchpad

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 on my macbook air. Everything is working great except for one thing. The touchpad behaves slightly different than what it does on the Macbook. In OSX I can move the ...
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Difference between Ubuntu 64 bit for Macs and just Ubuntu 64 bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is different about the Mac ISO image? What specifically is the difference between Ubuntu 64 bit for Macs and just Ubuntu 64 bit? Edit: Is there any difference ...
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Slow Internet / Can't change brightness on 2010 Macbook AIr running 12.10 Ubuntu

The title really says it all. I haven't been able to change the brightness of my monitor since putting Ubuntu on it. I started off with 12.04 and then decided to see if 12.10 would fix the issue. The ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 on MBA 6.2 performance is worse than on MBA 5.2

Running sysbench on the 6.2 compared to the 5.1 Macbook Air is a whole lot slower. Here is the command I'm running: sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 run On the 6.2 it runs in around 48 ...
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Can I use Ubuntu installed on external HDD on Macbook Air?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on external USB hard drive. Can I use that same installation (on same USB HDD) on Macbook Air? Can you give me some advices how to boot it? Thank you in advance!
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Which line of Apple Mac hardware is traditionally the most compatible with Ubuntu/Linux? [closed]

I need a new Mac for some specific OSX requirements that I need 1% of the time but for the rest of the time I need Ubuntu, I usually I stick to the LTS releases. I am open to the Mac mini, Macbook ...
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Blank Screen at boot Ubuntu 12.04 - nvidia-current - Macbook Air 3,2

I've installed nvidia-current using the Additional Drivers application in Ubuntu 12.04. I need those drivers so I can use accelerated WebGL. After installing the drivers, and rebooting X fails to ...
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MacBook Air 11" (Late 2010) Touchpad/Trackpad doesn't work

Just upgraded my MacBook Air 3,1 (11" Late 2010) from Maverick to Natty Beta 1. Trackpad stopped working. Any idea why this happened and how to fix this?
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Can I install ubuntu in Macbook Air early 2014 [closed]

Can someone help me with the steps for installing Ubuntu on my Macbook Air Early 2014. Appreciate your help.
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Macbook Air 4,1 fan control/temperature

My fans sometimes never seem to kick on, no matter how hot my computer gets. I am wondering if this could be tlp/acpid related? Perhaps not, but it happens mostly when I am plugged in to a power ...
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Install Ubuntu on Macbook Air 6,2

I have tried to install Ubuntu on a Macbook Air 6,2 without any success. I installed refit and from within macos deceased the mac partition. In order to create a boot medium, I followed the section ...
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Issues during install

After I boot onto my USB disk, ubuntu seems to start up okay, but after selecting a language, and then choosing to install 3rd party software, it seems to hang for a moment, and then goes to a ...
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13.04 sluggish after installation, live-cd was fast

I just installed a fresh 13.04 on my macbook, but after the installation it's a bit sluggish. Several problems occur: In chromium and firefox, on google.com, the autocomplete search bar lags. ...
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Running 12.04 from USB Drive or SDXC

I am trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 on to a USB thumb drive (8Gb) or a Micro SD card (64Gb). The Ubuntu installer is saying that it won't work, and I can't figure out why. I am using a 2011 MacBook ...
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Unable to create EFI partition on Macbook Air 3,1

A couple of months ago, I was able to install Ubuntu on my wife's Macbook Air. At the time it was still running Lion when I wiped it. About a week later, we wiped Ubuntu and installed Mountain Lion. ...
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Why KDE cannot change brightness, while Unity can? Macbook Air 4,2

I installed Ubuntu and KDE too on my MacBook Air 4,2, but I realised I cannot change brightness in KDE. In Unity, it works without problem. Other keyboard keys works properly, sound, play, etc., but I ...
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Brightness adjustment impossible after hibernation (MacbookAir 3.2, Ubuntu 12.04)

After waking my computer up from hibernation (close lid, open lid) I loose the ability to adjust the brightness with the F-keys and in the settings. It's the only problem I have with ubuntu on my ...
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isight camera on quantal is erratic (macbook air 4,2)

I have a macbook air 4,2 (13" - 2011). The isight camera has become rather erratic in quantal. If I just pull up something like skype and go into the settings, things look fine. The problem occurs ...
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Touchpad tapping intermittent on Macbook Air

On my 2010 Macbook Air, tapping on the touchpad works on about only half of the tap attempts. It seems the sensitivity or something is off. How can I fix this? It looks like this question has been ...
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Is Ubuntu compatible with the MacBook Air 1,1?

I have failed countless times to install this OS and I have no other means of installing it. I have tried to boot from a USB and it displayed an error saying "isolinux.bin missing or corrupt" and I ...
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Recent LCD trouble with 12.04 on 2010 Macbook Air 11 (3,1)

I've been using Ubuntu 12.04 on my Macbook Air 3,1 (11", late 2010 model) and it's been working well, after applying the post-installation patches found on the wiki. Yesterday (July 24, 2012), after ...
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How to use Wifi on Ubuntu with a dual boot (macbook air)?

I'm new on Ubuntu system and i do not manage to run the Wifi, I am using Ubuntu with a dual boot on a Macbook Air 6,2, Type of card : AirPort Extreme (0x14E4, 0x117) Version of internal program : ...
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“this is not a bootable disc…” when installing on a Macbook Air 13 6,2 with usb

Goal: Single boot Ubuntu with no Mac Os X installed. For dual booting there is no problem - use refind. I tried the following iso's (all x64): 12. 10/13. 10/14. 04 and the corresponding Mac versions ...
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Macbook Air freezes while running Ubuntu 13.10

Ok folks I'm trying to setup my Macbook Air to run Ubuntu 13.10 (note: I normally using Kubuntu but currently running Ubuntu). I have run all of the updates for the system as of this posting. This ...
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How can I avoid maximum brightness settings upon every boot?

Whenever I boot Ubuntu the display and keyboard brightness are reset to maximum. Since I almost never need such high brightness settings, every boot includes an aftermath of excessive key pressing. ...
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Strange behaviour when close the lid of my MBA

I have an MBA and I'm used to close the lid without any problem in OSX. I've installed ubuntu 13.04 in dual boot with rEFit. The problem is that sometimes something strange happens when I close the ...
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Black screen on ubuntu VMware fusion 7 and Yosemite

Sorry for the first one.. Macbook Air (11-inch, mid 2012). OSX Yosemite version 10.10.1. 2GHz intel Core i7, ubuntu-64 14.04, wmware fusion 7.1. Restarted mac and launched vmware fusion to run ...
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Macbook air 2014 13" wireless driver

just installed ubuntu on a macbook air, but cant seem to find bcmwl that actually finishes the installation. I can't connect via ethernet so that's not an option. can someone give me a source or ...
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WiFi is not detecting in Ubuntu 14.10 - Mac

I tried everything to setting up my wifi, because is not detecting anything. After read and done a lot of things I found this page http://pavelmanushin.blogspot.ru/2014/04/ubuntu-12.html which i think ...
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Macbook Air 6'2 installation issues (Ubuntu 14.04)

I'm trying to install 14.04 through a USB stick. I plugged the usb stick in and got all the way through the installation process but after I rebooted and tried to load in through Grub I got just a ...
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Tilde key on Mac Air with Ubuntu

By default, no layout on my Macbook Air allows me to print backtick (`) and tilde (~) symbols. Instead, I get backslash, pipe or whatever, depending from the layout. I changed the behavior of the key ...
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Automatic Screenlock keeping screen on, ignoring timeout setting

I'm on a Macbook Air 4,1 running 14.04, with surprisingly minimal trouble so far. However there is an issue with the screen - when I set the 'Lock' on, in 'Brightness and Lock', when I close the lid, ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 on Macbook Air 6,1 nr_cpus=1

After I installed Ubuntu 14.04 along side OSX with refind, selecting Ubuntu (or previously Xubuntu), then Ubuntu from the Grub menu just gives a purple screen. I changed the Grub config from "quiet ...
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MacBook Air (3,2) odd Behavior when starting

So I partitioned my drive and installed ubuntu 14.04 on my mac. I went in ubuntu to install some proprietary drivers. Restarted my computer and this is what happened: Started normally Login ...
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how to install ubuntu on my macbook air? [duplicate]

hi I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 or the latest version in my MacBook air. I had formatted my hard drive and there is no other os's installed, so how I can install Ubuntu on mac directly. I also ...
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Mac air can't remember brightness after reboot

I have installed ubuntu 14.04 successfully on my mac book air. I was quite exiting until I reboot it. Both screen brightness and keyboard light are the maximum bright, not good for eye also. I tried ...
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Unable to press ALT + SUPER + Right Click

I have successfully installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my Macbook Air 6,2. After installing gnome-panel and loading a Gnome Classic session, I began trying to remove the bottom panel. Suggestions of using ...