How to Ubuntu Hardy Heron on MacBook

I bought my dream laptop on Feb ’08, i was really satisfied with the MacBook. This is my first blog after on MacBook. The MacBook came with the Mac OS X leopard. leopard was pretty awesome. That was my first play on Mac world. But, Really, i felt restricted with what mac gave me, though it gives almost what you need. Then, I installed Ubuntu on my MacBook. Now, I am feeling Free :P on Ubuntu. I can do whatever i want.

Ubuntu Hardy Desktop Screenshot

You can flawlessly install Ubuntu on your MacBook. Let’s take a look what you need to do to install Ubuntu on MacBook.

My MacBook Version :

Check with your MacBook Configuration before proceeding.

My MacBook is Santa Rosa v3.1 (Intel Version) release with the below configuration,

Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz | 1 GB RAM | 80 GB HDD | 13.1′ inch screen | White Color

Hardware Details,

$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Marvell Yukon 88E8058 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 13)
04:03.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Agere Systems FW323 (rev 61)

1. Make a room for Ubuntu :

Assuming you have only Mac Leopard Installed on your MacBook.

We need to resize the Mac OS X ( HFS+ File System ) single partition & create a free space to install Ubuntu.

We can do this using Ubuntu Live/Installer CD. Before resizing the Mac partition, you need to disable the journaling the Mac partition. You can do this using diskutil utility in Mac OS X, Boot into Mac and Enter the following command in terminal to do this.

sudo /usr/sbin/diskutil disableJournal /

You can enable journaling after installing ubuntu, replace disableJournal with enableJournal.

you need to Boot from the Ubuntu Hardy Heron Live/Installer CD, select start live cd option to start live session. Wait, until you see the desktop.

Open Gparted ( System > Administration > GNOME Partition ), Right click the Mac OS X partition then select resize option.

I thougt, 10 GB is enough for Ubuntu. You can use the remaining Mac OS X parition in Ubuntu with Read/Write Mode.

After you resized the partition (decrease 10 GB size atleast), Create Swap parition & Logical Ext3 Partition in Free Space.

Resizing the partition takes 30 to 40 min depending on the disk usage. So, Please be patient until it gets resized.

You can start the Ubuntu Installation right away, Double click on the Install icon from the Ubuntu Desktop.

Follow the wizard, When you come across Installation procedure go for Manual Installation. DO NOT select Automatic Installation, automatic installation deletes all paritions on your disk to install the Ubuntu.

Then select the Ext3 Partition as the root partition, then proceed to the next step. Leave everything as default. Also, let it install Grub.

Ok now, you have done Installing Ubuntu. Now let it restart the Machine. Proceed to the next step.

2. Starting Ubuntu :

I assume that everything went well while installing ubuntu. Press & Hold Alt/Option Key while starting the MacBook then select the parition named Windows to boot into Ubuntu Linux. It is recommened to install refit in your Mac. You can download the Mac Disk Image from here http://refit.sourceforge.net/#download . Install it in Mac OS X. Then restart the Machine. You’ll get the Options two select from Linux and Mac OS.

Select Linux to boot in to Ubuntu Linux. So, you have got a Ubuntu Desktop on your Machine. Wait, but lot of things doesn’t work automatically by default. Such as, No Sound, Apple Hot Keys doesn’t work, trackpad doesn’t work properly (including right-click), No Wireless, No Webcam support, No Bluetooth support. Apart from this, you need to install multimedia packages to support all audio/video formats.

3. Configure Ubuntu :

Most of the things work by Following this wiki :

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook_Santa_Rosa

Lot of things, i didn’t cover up yet here. Reason, no time, lack of interest or i am lazy. I ‘ll update this post whenever i feel back.

later…

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3 Responses to How to Ubuntu Hardy Heron on MacBook

  1. Pingback: Installer Ubuntu Hardy Heron sur un Macbook « Anthony’s Blog

  2. Shawn37 says:

    I like your article. I have 8.04 on a p4 256mb ram pc and its really good so far. Upgraded from 7.10 just 2day!

  3. rey says:

    Friend i had a macbook mac os x i want to install ubunto 9.4 server Edition, pls help me how to setup or how to boot my cd i dont know the cmos configuration of my mac. thanks alot

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