when i bought my mac i was hardly anything close to a *nixer
but once i started climbing the map in *nix land
i found myself deep down hills under os x 's core , and realised this just ain't my stuff
and switched to a zillion distros one after another and in that era only 3 of them had grub-efi stock
1)*buntus 2)fedora 3)opensuse
i asked myself when will debian be ready to boot solely on its own with a stock config in a 'purist' kinda way on my mac
for 2 years my life was a mess without debian's "no bullshit , stability uncompromised " approach
at last when i heard steve macintyre was working on an EFI installer for wheezy , my heart skipped a beat
and then finally he uploaded the first unofficial EFI installer images on his dev branch , the experience was awesome
and then came wheezy beta 3 ..... then came beta 4 .....
and now wheezy is gonna go stable with 100% EFI support , it has happend
a huge sentiment of gratitude to steve macintyre for making it happen , from the announcment at the deb conf. 2012 to the beta 4 images
released a few days back , one phraze can sum up my experience 'delighted in my soul'
sometimes all you need is to face the worst fear you have and to overcome it.
Wait, the stock Wheezy installer can do an install on the Apple version of UEFI? As in, you don't need Bootcamp and Refit and all that?
I'm glad they're getting all this in there before the stable wheezy release. Kudos to Steve Macintyre for making this possible. Also, we should thank Matthew Garrett and numerous other devs who helped make UEFI on GNU/Linux possible at all.
Whoa, so I can dump my Arch install on my office Mac?
How long before this trickles down to #!?
Last edited by bigbenaugust (2012-11-30 19:16:23)
Debian: II Arch: II openSUSE: I
I used one of the Debian weekly builds a couple of weeks ago and installed on my mbp with USB stick. The manual partition/installation wouldn't let me use LVM and encryption then, will re-install soon to se if it's fixed.
Works like a charm otherwise Boots in 20 seconds or so to tty.
Did my first ever 'apt-get purge gnome*' on that install, best thing ever
(nothing against gnome, just need the space)
My little adventure with the wheezy beta-4 installer.
I have two older MacBooks:
(2,1) -- CPU 64-bits, EFI 32-bits -- Currently running Waldorf 64-bit
(4,1) -- CPU 64-bits, EFI 32-bits -- Currently running Ubuntu 12.10 32-bit *
With my first attempt to try the installer, I grabbed the amd-64 version sent to a near by flash drive, and rebooted my older (2,1) MacBook, FAIL.
Today in IRC apm got me thinking about the installer so I gave it another run. I recreated the boot stick, with a small change. The amd-64 installer was able to boot my (4,1) MacBook.
Next up I tried the i386 installer, it failed in all aspects. Not only wouldn't mount on either system. It, of course wouldn't boot, and yes the md5sum did match and I also tried obtaining the iso via jigdo.
I also tried the multi-arch installer, once again my (4,1) MacBook boot just fine while the (2,1) MacBook just sat waiting for something it could boot.
* One final note, I also somehow managed to to screw up my (4,1) MacBook hard drive in the process /dev/sdb3 now reports itself as an unknown file system. I tried recovering it with parted and a few other things I found online. Looks like I will just have to do a fresh install, which raises a new question. Should I wait for the next installment of Waldorf, install Waldorf or install debian-wheezy-b4.
Last edited by mitchejj (2012-12-04 00:38:51)
I notice that Waldorf now successfully installs on my Lenovo 205 (which previously seemed to only like Fedora). I presume this is because Debian have sorted some of the more awkward UEFI stuff now. So I'm celebrating along with the above.
Debian Wheezy on VeryPC Low Energy Desktop | Elementary on Lenovo Thinkpad SL510 | #! on Lenovo Ideapad S205 | Raspbmc on Pi | Linux Mint 17 XFCE on Lenovo W530.