intel based macbook pro’s make good Linux laptops. But some configuration is required to tune their installation.
out of the box, Linux Macbooks tend to run their CPU fans rather incessantly – it is not a subtle sound. To better sync the fan to CPU utilization, install mbpfan-git from the Archlinux AUR (or similar), then..
sudo modprobe applesmc
sudo modprobe coretemp
echo applesmc | sudo tee /etc/modules-load.d/applesmc.conf
echo coretemp | sudo tee /etc/modules-load.d/coretemp.conf
sudo systemctl enable mbpfan
sudo systemctl start mbpfan
Macbook Pro’s run notoriously hot. You don’t want to run them on your lap unless you are facing a winter chill. Fan control doesn’t alleviate this characteristic of Macbooks but it does minimize the annoyance of an unnecessarily full throttled fan.
to restore rudimentary touchpad gestures, install the xf86-input-synaptics package. Then configure the Xorg file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/60-synaptics.conf with..
Identifier “touchpad catchall”
Option “SHMConfig” “on”
Option “TapButton1” “1”
Option “TapButton2” “3”
Option “TapButton3” “2”
Option “PalmDetect” “on”
Option “VertEdgeScroll” “off”
Option “HorizEdgeScroll” “off”
Option “CornerCoasting” “off”
Option “EdgeMotionUseAlways” “off”
This provides 2 finger scrolling and button tapping gestures.
by default, macbooks power up with a very distinctive chime sound, then perform an EFI boot sequence which results in a significant delay before the legacy GRUB boot loader is found to load Linux (if you install Linux the most common way without using the EFI).
If you find the startup chime annoying and want to run stealth, on boot up, press <Option-Command-P-R> to reset the firmware (if necessary). Then, using the OSX install disk, boot up while pressing the C key to load the OSX installer and open a utilities terminal window.
Enter the following to suppress the startup chime and avoid the default EFI loader delay..
bless --device /dev/disk0s2 --setboot --legacy
In my case, I allocated a swap partition in /dev/disk0s1, hence, GRUB will be found in /dev/disk0s2.