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Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Hardware News |

What if you install Linux on the MacBook Pro Retina Display?

What if you install Linux on the MacBook Pro Retina Display?

Following the recent launch of the new MacBook Pro Retina Display Screen with 2880 x 1800 pixels, we saw what happened when Windows 7 was installed on the machine , leading a pleasant surprise. Now is the turn of knowing what happens when you install a distribution, in this case, 12.04 LTS.

In short, the experience is not quite good and there are many compatibility issues with various elements of the notebook. The main thing is on the side of the graphics, as opposed to Linux, OS X operating system from knows how to manage well the GPU interchangeable, ie, the two graphics solutions that are integrated into the team and take turns functioning as required (Intel HD 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M). However, the screen itself looks, and although at first the icons and text appear very small, you can scale them to match the size.

On the other hand, the connectivity by Thunderbolt port works but poorly, putting the example of the connection to an external monitor where the CPU usage goes through the roof. There is also talk of more faults that are not yet well documented, those that affect several other items of equipment, making it unsuitable for everyday use.

Many of these failures could be resolved with the release of new versions of the Linux kernel, providing better support in terms of drivers for the hardware, however, the graphics side of things are not looking for good, and still managing to graphics interchangeable hybrid is something you have planned to do in several months for any Linux distribution.

Link: Apple’s MacBook Pro Retina Causes Linux Woes (Phoronix)

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