Since I have not found an installation guide for installing LinuxMint on Macbook here, I thought it would be interesting to others how I got LM Bianca up and running. The Macbook has a intel core duo 2.0 ghz processor and the purpose of my install was to have a dual boot setup with Mac OS X and Linux Mint 2.2 Bianca (latest stable release at present)
The installation method for getting LM 2.2. Bianca up and running is the same as with Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft. The installation method described here worked for me. I will go through the installation steps here as well for the unclickables.
1 Update your Mac OS system via Software Update
2 Install rEFIt.
3 Install Boot Camp from Apple. With Boot Camp you will shrink your Mac OS X startup volume (Presumably called Macintosh HD) and asign the new free space to new windows partition. This new windows partition will be reformated later on when we install LinuxMint. I have replaced the original drive with a Samsung 120GB, and free-ed up 12 GB of these in Boot Champ, but you may better double it.
4 Get LinuxMint and burn yourself a cd.
5 When booting up you'll get to a menu where you can select your keyboard language and other options before loading the Live Linux Mint 2.2 Bianca. I changed the boot parameters in F6 accordingly:
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To prevent a kernel panic which might occasionally occur, press F6 and enter one of the following parameters at the boot: prompt:
lpj=8000000 (for 2 GHz MacBook) or lpj=7330000 (for 1.83 GHz MacBook)
N.B.: It will automatically be applied to the installed system so you won't have to enter it manually ever again!
6Download and install the refit debian package, it works with double click to start the gdebi installer. (Because of a tricky 802.1X protected lan at home I had to download it to my iPod while being in Mac OS X. The iPod mounts automagically under LinuxMint).
7 Start the installer, you'll find it on the desktop. You may chose the partition setup manually or choose the biggest free space, DO NOT ERASE THE WHOLE DISK. When you reach step 6 W A I T B E F O R E P R E S E D I N G !
8 Type into terminal the following code without pressing enter.
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sudo gptsync /dev/sda && sudo sfdisk -c /dev/sda 3 83
9Shift back to the installer and prosede from step 6 in the installer. Before you reach 94% in the installer you have to turn back to your terminal window where you wrote your "sudo gptsync ..." command and press enter. The installer is writing partitions and crusual files in the beginning so I recomend to do as I did and wait until it reaches 90% before entering/executing the comand in the terminal.
10 Shut down your system and boot it up again. Choose Linux from Harddrive in the rEFIt boot meny.
11 Log in to your system
Your system is now working. But we would like to get a few things in order first.
Take a look at the ubuntu comunity help page for information on resolution, Backlight, mouse key emulation, iSight, extended desktop / video mirroring, etc.
To change right Apple to Alt gr is possible through Linux MINT control center, though mouse key emulation also should be possible to setup there as well.
I've gotten iSight camera to work, but mic is not reqognized on my system, I'll post a solution if I come over it. iSight camera works with the ekiga sip-phone software with Bonjour/ZeroConf Chatting support as well. Gaim is not installed with bonjour support in LinuxMint. To get Bonjour support in Gaim you have to add the
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deb http://repository.debuntu.org/ edgy multiverse
I'll do some more comprehensive testing and get back to this post later with updates.
Edit: added Cassandra to subject description.