Adding Ubuntu to a MacBook Air
I've been setting up a bunch of Ubuntu servers lately and that probably has awakened my Linux desire again. I've been using MacOS as my primary development environment for the past years, after being a Linux user for so many years. That was because I was missing a good Linux hardware and the MacBook Air was just a very good fit for a Unix based development environment.
I already installed Windows using Bootcamp and now my goal was to install Ubuntu to have a triple boot system. That way I'll be able to develop apps for the 3 platforms and I'll be using my beloved Linux more.
To manage our third OS we'll need a boot manager due to Bootcamp only allows one operating system at a time. So lets install Refind.
I have followed this instructions:
We first need to boot MacOs in recovery mode by pressing Command-R (⌘R) while booting.
Once in recovery mode go to utilities/terminal, navigate to your pen drive where you have downloaded refind folder. Type
Adding MacOs keybindings
I'm used to MacOs keybindings, and since we're talking about using a Mac keyboard it makes sense to keep the same key bindings.
To accomplish that we're going to use this project: https://github.com/petrstepanov/gnome-macos-remap
And to emulate CMD+space spotlight, we have Ulauncher.
Pretty much everything works out of the box.
I had only to install the webcam drivers from here:
cd ~/src git clone https://github.com/patjak/bcwc_pcie.git cd bcwc_pcie/firmware git clone https://github.com/patjak/facetimehd-firmware cd facetimehd-firmware sudo make sudo make install cd ../.. sudo make sudo make install # (Update with make install for 18.04) sudo depmod sudo modprobe -r bdc_pci # this one fails to me :( but it works ok sudo modprobe facetimehd
sudo nano /etc/modules **add line "facetimehd", write out (ctl+o) & close**
Some other interesting tweaks can be extracted from here: https://medium.com/@racter/how-to-install-ubuntu-16-04-on-a-retina-macbook-11-2-74e7779c0e47
You may run into some issues. One of them is that after booting Ubuntu, refind may disappear. You can solve it like this.