macbuntu

MacBuntu - A word describing making something easy, humane towards others.

Starting again with a picture for the folks that like shinny objects :-)  

 

In installed parallels with a trial key (I was not going to pay just in case my manager alter ego kicks in and I am not able finish the project), I downloaded Ubuntu 6.10 and started on the journey of making my MacBook Pro even more powerful.

  1.  I burned the Ubuntu image on a DVD and tried the install. Oops, parallels won't recognize the media :-(. OK, perhaps I have a coaster, let me burn another iso. Nope, the VM would choke and would ask me to insert the media. OK, let me google this ...
  2. It turns out that you can boot from a local image of the guest OS. I further use Parallels to configure for Ubuntu to use 1024 MB of memory and 16GB of hard drive. Once I do that, happiness! So short lived :-(
  3. Ubuntu loads a live image of the desktop and you seem to be one click away of the installation. The installer hangs after 15% progress. I am agitated. I pull Anger Management and watch a short segment to relax :-)
  4. It turns out that on MacBook Pro hardware the installer chokes if the memory is set to anything higher than 512 MB. Once I change the setting of the VM I am able to install without any problems

The result is stunning:

  • desktop is beautiful
  • (wireless) networking works like a charm - this blew me away, since I was expecting all kind of driver issues
  • OpenOffice, Firefox, Evolution
  • bash as the default shell
  • JDK 1.4.2 (we have to fix that)

One of the things you'll have to do is edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and add the native resolution of the you Mac. In my case I had to add 1440x900 and tweak HorizSync and VertRefresh.
HorizSync 30-82
VertRefresh 40-12

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1440x900" "1280x800" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
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