Questions relating to Apple's Macbook. Use this tag if you have trouble installing or using Ubuntu on the Apple Macbook. Please use the macbook-air or macbook-pro tag if the question is Macbook Air or Macbook Pro Specific.

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What is different about the Mac ISO image?

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/11.04/release/ At that location there is an ISO image which is described as "This image is adjusted to work properly on Mac systems." What specific problems on the ...
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How do I stop video tearing? (Nvidia prop driver, non-compositing window manager)

I have that problem which seemingly afflicts many using the proprietary Nvidia driver: Video tearing: fine horizontal lines (usually near the top of my display) when there is a lot of panning or ...
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How do I switch the Command key and Control key on a MacBook Pro?

I have scoured the web, and I can't seem to get Xmodmap / anything to work properly. I want to swap BOTH my Command keys with my Control key - in essence, inverting what they do currently. How would ...
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How to install Ubuntu as the single OS on a MacBook?

How do I install Ubuntu as the only OS on a MacBook? That is, I'd like to completely remove Mac OS X and install Ubuntu. I've tried dual-booting, but I've had so much trouble that I prefer to have ...
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Multiple keyboards with different layouts

I have ubuntu (11.04) running on a recent macbook pro. I use both the built in keyboard and an external keyboard. I want to remap capslock on both keyboards to super, and I want to swap left-alt (mac ...
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How can I personalize my MacBook Pro Touchpad?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a MacBook Pro 5.5. I'm just wondering if there is something that takes all the kinks out of the touch-pad. It works good, but it feels sluggish, double tap works about ...
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Macbook Pro 5.5 brightness settings work, are remembered, but are not used on startup

This question's similar to various others in the forum where users' brightness settings either don't work or are not remembered: Brightness controls doesn't work on a MacBook Pro 5.5 (ubuntu 12....
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Download of a folder as a whole?

I occasionally use Ubuntu One for purchase music; I would like to find a way to import my music from the cloud to my MacBook (which of course is not running Ubuntu). I wonder if, for this purpouse, I ...
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Proper touchpad thumb & palm detection with libinput

So libinput its nearing its first stable release with a release candidate Which adds proper support for thumb / palm detection on touch pads along with swipe & pinch gesture support something ...
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Macbook Air - how to install a dual bootable Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

On my Macbook Air 10.9.2 without crashing the current setup, how can i install as dual boot: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ? (can anyone please advise some step by step please)
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Stop Screen Dimming After 60 Seconds (MacBook running 12.04)

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a MacBook air - everything works fine, apart from the fact that the screen dims after 60 seconds of activity. Is there any way to stop this? My computer is on mains power....
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Macbook Pro boots with full screen brightness and keyboard backlight

I have dual-booted my Macbook Pro with Ubuntu 12.04 . Whenever i log-in to Ubuntu, it does so with full screen brightness and keyboard backlight at full . How do i get rid of this? How can i tweak the ...
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Keyboard layout identical to “US Extended” on Macbook Pro

I am running Ubuntu 13.04 on a Dell machine and I want to have the exact same keyboard layout as I have on my other machine, which is a Macbook Pro with an International English keyboard. On the Mac I ...
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Is installing Ubuntu on Mac as simple as installing on a generic PC?

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'...
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How do I prevent being kicked back to the login screen every time?

Just finished upgrading from Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10. Everything works fine. After the installations, I restart to finish the installations. In the log in screen, I put my password and then it goes back ...
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Error when plugging iPod Touch into MacBook

Whenever I plug my iPod Touch (2nd gen) into my MacBook running Ubuntu 10.10 I get the following error: DBus error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Message did not receive a reply (timeout by ...
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Can I make a bootable USB flash drive for Mac from Windows

The problem MacBook hard drive crashed and is ruined. I need to work on a music assignment on a program only available for Mac OS X and Ubuntu, and will not be able to get a new hard drive for the ...
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Proprietary NVidia drivers with EFI on Mac, to prevent overheating

I have a dual-boot Mac OS X 10.8 and Kubuntu 12.10 64x on my white MacBook from mid-2010 installed. (Model identifier: MacBook7,1 . I have upgraded my RAM from 2GB to 8GB, if that matters.) I have ...
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Make bootable Win8 USB on and for Ubuntu MacBook

(Some time ago, I bought a new HDD for my MacBook 2,1. I put it in and installed Ubuntu on it, using a CD. Everything went fine, didn't have to setup any special Apple stuff, didn't need to bless my ...
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How can I prevent my cursor from moving when I am clicking the trackpad?

I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my Macbook Pro. When I click the trackpad, it is always registered as a small mouse movement as well as a click, so it drags whatever I click on. has anybody else ...
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Google Talk Plugin in GMail on MacBook 2,1

I'd like to use the chat section in GMail to make phone calls. I've downloaded and installed the Google Talk plugin, and it acts like it knows what it's doing. But when I try to make calls, the ...
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How to make users with UID under 1000 appear in LightDM?

I've been trying to set this up, but I can't find a solution. It's neccessary, because the machine Ubuntu is on is a Macbook and needs to have access to the files of the Mac user. Is there any way to ...
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Add dead region touchpad

Is there a way to set a region of my touch pad as "dead" ignoring touch input? The reason for this is that I have a MacBook pro late 2011 and there the "button" is on the touch page itself. Anyone ...
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Is it possible to get dragging working on a Macbook multi-touch touch pad?

I have a Macbook 5,1. That is to say that it is the only 13 inch aluminium Macbook as the later revisions were renamed Macbook Pro. Two-finger scrolling seems to work fine but dragging doesn't work. ...
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Mac OSX update broke booting Ubuntu

I have a mac that is running a dual boot with OSX and Ubuntu. I am using rEFIT. I just updated my OSX to the new OSX Mavericks, but when i restarted my computer and tried to enter Ubuntu from rEFIT I ...
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Why does Ubuntu have about 2x shorter battery life than OS X on MacBook?

Ubuntu 12.04 has about 2x shorter battery life than OS X on my MacBook Pro 2010. What are the technical reasons for this? Is it because OS X uses some hidden firmware features? Can Linux somehow ...
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How can I use three fingers to drag on the touchpad of a MacBook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro running Ubuntu 14.04, with Unity on it. By default, Unity has a three-finger gesture that invokes the Alt-Tab launcher. But I really like the OS X-style three-finger drag gesture. ...
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rEFInd breaks standby mode on MacBook Air 5.2

I am dual-booting MacBook Air 5.2 and Ubuntu 13.04 using rEFInd, so far things appears to work except when Macbook Air goes from sleep mode into standby mode (dump system state from RAM to SSD), it ...
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How do I maximize the sound volume on a Macbook Pro in GNOME Shell? [closed]

How do you maximize sound volume in Gnome Shell under Ubuntu 11.10? I have a Macbook, and my sound and volume keys generally work, but even if I use the volume keys to set volume to 100%, the sound ...
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How can I create a live USB with persistant storage that will run on a Macbook Air without using rEFIt?

Sometimes I have to use a MacBook Air (2,1) at work. I'd like to be able to have an Ubuntu USB stick with persistent storage space for it, that does not require any modification of the machine's ...
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How do I boot the live CD on a Macbook Pro?

Trying to install Ubuntu-11.10-64bit-MAC on a Macbook Pro. But I cannot get the live CD to load. 'C' does not work 'CMD' does not work 'OPT' no opt key CD is not corrupt and burnt using the ...
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Brightness controls doesn't work on a MacBook Pro 5.5 (ubuntu 12.04 LTS) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Brightness controls doesn't work on a MacBook Pro 5.5 I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my MacBook pro 5.5 (mid 2009). I have a problem with the brightness ...
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Which should I choose : Asus UX31 vs. Macbook Air

I'd like to replace my netbook (Samsung N210) by something a little bit more powerful while keeping my machine weight low and long battery life. I currently hesitate between two machines I consider ...
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Sluggish/unresponsive trackpad on pre-unibody MacBook Pro

I am running Ubuntu Natty Narwhal on pre-unibody MacBook Pro (2007 I believe). There seems to be a problem with trackpad - it barely works, in order to move cursor you have to move your finger a lot, ...
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“Try Ubuntu without installing” results in graphical artifacts on MacBook

I am trying to bless my MacBookPro 5,3 (Unibody/Core2Duo/Nvidia 9400M+Nvidia 9600M GT) with Ubuntu 12.04 (already got rEFIt running), but every time I select Try Ubuntu without installing, it will ...
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How can I disable Macbook screen when the lid is closed whilst continuing to use an external monitor?

After getting Ubuntu setup on my Macbook Pro with Gnome Shell, there is one little thing irritating me: I have an external monitor connected which is set as primary in the Nvidia control panel. I'd ...
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No Text Displayed for the Installer while Attempting to Install to MacBook Pro 13" Retina

I'm having issues trying to install Ubuntu side by side with OS X on a 2015 MacBook Pro 13" model with Retina. I have the MacBook12,1 model. When I attempt to run the installer, I see the usual GUI ...
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Install Ubuntu on a Macbook Pro using EFI instead of rEFIt or similar

I installed Ubuntu on my macbook pro (8,1) a few months back using the rEFIt method (so it's an emulated BIOS). I want to give EFI mode a try. Unfortunately I have not found a clear guide on where to ...
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MacBook Pro: should I virtualize Ubuntu or use Boot Camp?

I'm looking to run Ubuntu on a 2008 MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz C2D, 2GB GDDR3. Will it be okay performance wise through virtualization such as VMWARE or should I use BootCamp? Thanks.
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Is Ubuntu compatible with MacBooks?

Is it possible to install and run Ubuntu on a MacBook?
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Why doesn't the delete key move a file to the trash?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a MacBook Pro. I have a file selected in Nautilus and I'd like to move it to the trash. Hitting delete takes me back in the history (like alt+left) Ctrl+delete does ...
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Why doesn't the Ubuntu ISO burned to a CD or copied to a USB work on my Mac?

I just installed a new hard drive and for the life of me, I cannot get the .iso file on my USB stick or burned CD to begin the installation process. I keep getting a picture of a folder with a ...
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What additional software should I install for a Macbook?

I'm new to Ubuntu, and I've installed 11.10 it on my 2006 Macbook. What else should I install to make it complete? I'm talking about drivers and the like. Is there a complete package I can download ...
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overheating and battery drain MacBook pro

I have just installed ubuntu Gnome 14.04 in a Macbook Pro 13" mid 2012, and I have some problems with my laptop. I have already installed TLP and macfanctld, but my MacBook still have the problem, ...
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How do I install 64-bit Ubuntu Server on MacBook?

Apparently, Macs have trouble booting the standard Ubuntu iso images (see ref). [Macs] apparently can't cope with multi-catalog CDs, and simply refuse to boot them... [Colin Watson] therefore ...
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MacBook Air and Ubuntu 12.04: Good Buy or Go for an Ultrabook?

i tried to set up a Macbook PRO with ubuntu 12.04 and setting up was easy as pie except for a slew of trackpad issues i could never resolve, particularly resting thumb on trackpad while navigating ...
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How do I type [ and \ with a Mac keyboard?

I am using a Mac with an Apple Wireless Keyboard - French. I have installed Ubuntu as virtual machine by VMware Fusion. The keyboard setting of Ubuntu is as follows: And the preview is not exactly ...
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Can I use the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter?

If I get an Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, will Ubuntu be able to use it?
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Make alsamixer changes permanent

I have installed ubuntu GNOME 14.04 in my macbook Pro 13" mid 2012, and something is wrong with the headphones jack, a red led is on and it just can be turned off with the alsamixer command and muting ...
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How to add a command permanently to grub2

I have a fairly special setup, using Linux on a MacBook Laptop. to switch off my secondary graphics card in it I'm required to add these lines to my grub outb 0x728 1 outb 0x710 2 outb 0x740 2 outb ...