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Notes on installation and compatibility of Ubuntu with Apple computers.

Find details and add your own at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOnMacDetails

Discuss Ubuntu compatibility with the new "Mactel" machines at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuonMactel


Hardware compatibility -- will your mac "just work" once you install [K][X][Ed]Ubuntu? Responsiveness -- is the installation worthwhile?



Install ?

Not works ?


Ubuntu Release



iBook / Powerbook


Sleep / suspend and Wireless on newer models

Details https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOnMacDetails

Warty / Hoary / Edgy / Feisty


Powerbook G4 1.5 GHz 12" (post feb-2005)


Sleep, Wireless, Sound, Touchpad

Details https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOnMacDetails

Warty / Hoary

April 2005


Powerbook G4 1.5 GHz 17" (post feb-2005)


Sleep, Wireless, Sound, Touchpad, Bluetooth, DRI, (PB Buttons)

Breezy 2.6.12-1

April 2005


Powerbook G4 1 GHz 15" titanium


No Modem

Everything works very well, wireless, dvd-r, sound, video, firewire etc

Warty -> Dapper

Mar 2006

iBook G3 800Mhz 256MB 12"

Kubuntu 5.10

Eject key doesn't work by default

hibernate is not enabled properly by default.

More responsive than Tiger 10.4.4

Sound was low at first; click on volume control in taskbar, raise bass/treble to mid range

iBook SE Clamshell (Firewire edition) 192Mb

Ubuntu 5.04/10

also excellent working, though problems setting up correct keymaps...

iBook G3 500MHz (My old Mac)

Kubuntu 5.04

Sleep doesn't work (workarounds in the forum), everything else works.

1.67 Ghz 15" Powerbook (V 6.8), Hi-Res Screen

Ubuntu 5.10

Installation cannot find cdrom.

1.67 Ghz 15" Powerbook

Ubuntu 5.10

Overall, install works well out of the box. Gnome is fast, most hardware is compatible.

Sound low at first from internal speakers, Use the Volume control panel to adjust "DRC Range" until it's better.

No Airport Extreme support. The chipset has been reverse engineered, so drivers may be coming soon.

Microphone doesn't work at all (there may be a way, but nothing out of the box)

Trackpad Tap-to-click can't be disabled. Occaisional erratic trackpad behavior.

Eject, Power, Volume and Brightness Adjustment keys don't work.

Keyboard backlighting is a No-Show.

Some keyboard layout strangenesses can be fixed by changing to the "Macintosh" keyboard layout.

Beige G3

Ubuntu 5.04

The installation was a little obscure, mainly because the beige G3 is an Old World Mac and won't boot the Ubuntu CD. I got it going with BootX quite easily and then used a few Unix tricks to get BootX to start up the installed system. I can write up a full description of how I did it if anyone's interested. The resulting system seems to work just fine, although I was a little surprised to find that there's no C compiler included.

B&W G3@350MHz /384 Mb (w/ ZIPdrive)

(K)Ubuntu 5.04/10

no problems

eMac G4 1.42GHz (My current Mac)

Xubuntu 5.10

Display/videocard setting not autodetected (copy Apple's X11 xorg.conf file to your ubuntu partition to fix it), internal modem not supported (download the linuxant softmodem driver from OS X), everything else works.

eMac G4 1.25GHz

Ubuntu 5.10 live

Seems to boot fine, including the Ubuntu logo (I assume that means X is working). Screen goes blank shortly after "starting Gnome" message. Not sure what to try next.

Dual 1.25Ghz MDD G4 (1.5 Gigs of Ram)

Ubuntu 5.10

Everything worked right at startup. My only issues are low sound volume and sound distorting if I try to turn it up. Really, even though it's nowhere near as loud in Ubuntu as in OS X, it's still a very reasonable listening level. My video card doesn't seem to like any of the GL screen savers, and it shows them for a second and then goes to a blank screen, but all other video stuff seems to work fine.

Apple Powerbook G4 867Mhz

Ubuntu 5.10


Airport (known issue)

Everything worked fine, X running at max res. Have to hold down FUNC. key to activate sound/bright/eject keys. USB Keyboard/Mighty Mouse recognized,

Warty / Hoary


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