In the article it states "With Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows drivers, the system can dynamically switch between the Intel and NVIDIA GPUs". This is not correct. Only in OS X can the system switch between GPUs. On Windows you are forced to use the dedicated GPU at all times and no switching is possible.
We also buy Windows hardware and put Linux on it, with varying success depending on the internals.
In other news, a lemon is a lemon on the fruit stand.
This looks like it might be fixed in kernel 3.6-rc2. From the changelog:Yep, even the open-source Intel Linux graphics aren't working right with the Retina MacBook Pro hardware. If rebooting the system and using nomodeset in addition to noapic, at least the display will properly light up and we can proceed to the Linux desktop... However, that's without Intel kernel mode-setting and thus no 3D acceleration support.
Merge branch 'drm-intel-fixes' of git://people.freedesktop.org/~danvet/drm-intel into drm-fixes
Daniel Vetter writes:
"A few important fixers:
- make the retina mbp work (ignore bogus edp bpc value in vbt)
author Daniel Vetter
Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:10:20 +0000 (11:10 +0200)
committer Daniel Vetter
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:42:52 +0000 (21:42 +0200)
drm/i915: ignore eDP bpc settings from vbt
This has originally been introduced to not oversubscribe the dp links
Author: Zhenyu Wang
Date: Tue Jan 12 05:38:31 2010 +0800
drm/i915: fix pixel color depth setting on eDP
Since then we've fixed up the dp link bandwidth calculation code and
should now automatically fall back to 6bpc dithering. So this is
Furthermore it seems to break the new MacbookPro with retina display,
hence let's just rip this out.
Reported-by: Benoit Gschwind
Cc: Benoit Gschwind
Cc: Francois Rigaut
Cc: Greg KH
Tested-by: Benoit Gschwind
Tested-by: Bernhard Froemel
Signed-off-by: Daniel Vetter
Testing feedback highgly welcome, and thanks for Benoit for finding
out that the bpc computations are busted.
And best of all, this has been cc'd to stable, so it will almost certainly turn up in the 3.5 kernel series soon.
Meh. Running linux on the macbook pro retina is fine for those who are Advanced/Expert linux users. I had a few issues getting stuff working initially but now everything I need works perfectly.
FYI noapic is only needed on some kernels for some distro's.
I have never had to boot into OS X and enabled the discrete graphics card to get the gt 650m working for me.Using the NVIDIA binary driver will work for the GeForce GT 650M on the Retina MacBook Pro, but switching to the discrete NVIDIA GPU requires booting OS X and using a utility for manually switching that GPU to drive the display.
I used an external monitor via thunderbolt -> dual link DVI adapter (2560x1440) with no problems.
Thunderbolt ethernet support problem is only no hotplug but otherwise performance is great.
My only real bitches are wifi performance is not that great and the backlight but otherwise its a very workable system.
Also I am not 100% sure the intel/nvidia switching stuff is working properly on windows either but I haven't tested with a meter to be sure.
Why would you recommend a VM just to run at lower resolution? Just run the thing at 1440x900 then LOL. Honestly I like as much desktop real-estate as I can get and some people actually have good eyes.
I have no problems with 2880x1800 on this display with X set at 75 DPI which is smaller than most people already use on 100 ppi screens.