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Introduction

This page is about how to enable the MactelSupport repository in the package manager.

Installation

Several Apple-specific packages are available in the Mactel Support Repository (the mactel ppa). The packages mostly work for both Hardy and Intrepid, although some packages are only useful for a particular release.

To add the ppa to your apt list use:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mactel-support

After adding the ppa, the package list needs to be updated:

sudo apt-get update

The Package Manager now also includes packages from the Mactel PPA.

You can also access many of these packages through launchpad if you want to download only one of the packages without updating other items: https://launchpad.net/~mactel-support/+archive

Packages

These are the currently supported packages:

applesmc-dkms

This is a DKMS package of the applesmc system kernel module, with updates for many Apple models.

Intrepid: add this package if you have one of iMac5, iMac8, MacBook5, MacBookPro5.

Hardy: add this package if you have one of MacBookAir, MacBookPro3, MacBookPro4, iMac5, iMac8, MacBook5, MacBookPro5.

Also older models of Macbooks might benefit from using this package. If your model is not well supported by this package, send a mail to mactel support.

bcm5974-dkms

This is a DKMS package of the bcm5974 trackpad kernel module, with support for the new (unibody, aluminum) MacBook5 and MacBookPro5.

Intrepid: unless you have one of MacBook5 or MacBookPro5, this package is not needed.

Hardy: there is no native support for bcm5974, so use this package for MacBookAir, MacBook5, MacBookPro4, MacBookPro5.

If your model is not well supported by this package, send a mail to mactel support.

hid-dkms

This is a DKMS package of the hid kernel module, adding keyboard mappings for the Expose, Dashboard and Insert keys found on macbooks.

usbhid-dkms

This is a DKMS package of the usbhid kernel module, adding quirks required for the trackpad on the new MacBook5 and MacBookPro5 models. This package is automatically selected when installing the bcm5974-package. No need to install it otherwise.

hal-applesmc

This package adds HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) support for the keyboard backlight on all applicable models.

Intrepid: You want this package if you run Ubuntu. Usefulness on Kubuntu and others not tested.

Hardy: Usefulness on Ubuntu no fully tested. The pommed package may be a better choice.

gnome-power-manager

This is a patch to the ubuntu version shipped with Intrepid. It fixes a problem with the LCD backlight.

Intrepid: You want this package if you run Ubuntu. Usefulness on Kubuntu and others not tested.

Hardy: Installation not recommended.

isight-firmware-tools

This is a utility for extracting the internal iSight firmware from the OS X driver file in order to get your iSight working in Ubuntu. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AppleiSight for a How-To.

MactelSupportTeam/PPA (last edited 2009-11-19 04:40:12 by andy-somerville)