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    Default Linux Can Work On The 2013 MacBook Air

    Phoronix: Linux Can Work On The 2013 MacBook Air

    As soon as Apple launched their Haswell-based MacBook Air I purchased the "ultrabook" for its long battery life, great build quality, and impressive design. However, running Linux on the 2013 MacBook Air has been a pain. It wasn't running cleanly but it looks like the major kernel booting problem comes down to a UEFI interaction issue...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ0NTA

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    Default the rotted apple

    Please, don't complain if you buy anything from the rotted apple and it doesn't work the way you want. They don't want you to install anything on THEIR computer. It's that simple. You may even be doing something unlawful

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    Quote Originally Posted by wargames View Post
    Please, don't complain if you buy anything from the rotted apple and it doesn't work the way you want. They don't want you to install anything on THEIR computer. It's that simple. You may even be doing something unlawful
    I agree. Apple has been suing every Android heavy user to prevent the Linux based mobile system from growing. The claims were silly, and based on stupid UI "intellectual property" , umm, patents. Of course, Android ate them alive regardless.

    But I would never buy a product from Apple. I hate giving cash to a company that uses software patent wars systematically (not that others had to enter the war pulled by Apple). There are worthy competitors for every product they produce, and typically they offer a better value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mendieta View Post
    But I would never buy a product from Apple. I hate giving cash to a company that uses software patent wars systematically (not that others had to enter the war pulled by Apple). There are worthy competitors for every product they produce, and typically they offer a better value.
    I agree with you: I don't like supporting Apple patents war.

    The problem is there aren't worthy alternatives as of now. The only ultra book with the same battery life is the VAIO pro 13 with an external battery sheet and it's around 1500$

    I'm really curious about how much the battery will last on the macbook air using a GNU/Linux distro.
    I'm not leaving Arch Linux + KDE SC for OSX and if the battery life isn't good the air can stay on the shelves, IMHO.

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    Default only a...

    only a stupide guy buys this shit for running linux distro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrecorreia View Post
    only a stupide guy buys this shit for running linux distro
    Thank you, Andre!
    What's wrong with looking for the cheapest ultrabook with 12h of battery life(*) and wanting to preserve my workflow?

    As a developer I use Dolphin and Kate everyday. They are awesome.
    Recently I had to use OSX for a while and Finder + Sublime were pretty lame replacements.
    And I'm not willing to give away Arch Linux bleeding edge packages and the AUR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wargames View Post
    Please, don't complain if you buy anything from the rotted apple and it doesn't work the way you want. They don't want you to install anything on THEIR computer. It's that simple. You may even be doing something unlawful
    As bad a company as Apple is they do have the best built hardware in their given market segments. They really know how to make that slave labor work for them far better then every other company out there.

    Don't kid yourself, all of your electronics, even the OpenPandora are made using slave labor, that is unless OP stopped buying the plastic cases and boards from china, thats not to say that most of the components aren't also still made by slave labor, those chips and resistors all came from somewhere, and given the electronics industries race to the bottom that is usually a factory many people would rather die then be forced to work at.

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    Cool I love adventures

    Quote Originally Posted by wargames View Post
    Please, don't complain if you buy anything from the rotted apple and it doesn't work the way you want. They don't want you to install anything on THEIR computer. It's that simple. You may even be doing something unlawful
    I buy their Desktop computers, because they're very reliable, to install Gentoo on them.
    It's an adventure to get it running, though.

    But: Gentoo-users love adventures .

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    Default Kernel

    What about Linux kernel 3.10 and 3.11?
    Does Macbook Air 2013 work on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    What about Linux kernel 3.10 and 3.11?
    Does Macbook Air 2013 work on them?
    As I said I'm running Archlinux and it runs well with Kernel 3.11.0-rc5 but I've also been running 3.10 in the past.

    Contrary to my experience Michael said in his Linux Is Still A Lemon On The 2013 MacBook Air article that the Macbook Air ist not running with kernel 3.10 or 3.11.

    Note: I own the 13 inch model, while Michael is using the 11 inch model. (same processor)

    Note2: I'm not the only one sucessfully running Linux on the Macbook Air (See here)

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