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Re: Experience of Debian in a Macbook pro

On Tue, 12 Jul 2011, Dan wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 8:37 AM, Jon Dowland <jmtd@debian.org> wrote:
> > On Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 11:17:55AM -0400, Dan wrote:
> >> I would like to buy a laptop. And I love the Macbooks pro. But I will mainly
> >> run Debian. Is it worthy to buy a mac to run Debian?
> >
> > Former Debian developer and current kernel hacker Matthew Garrett advises
> > against it: <http://mjg59.livejournal.com/136710.html>
> Thanks for the link, but he does not give an specific reason.

When Garrett is on the case of some hardware that is not violating the GPL,
it usually means its firmware was designed in R'lyeh.

And he made his reasons quite clear, too:

"If you're going to boot Linux on bare-metal Apple hardware via EFI, and it
doesn't work, write a patch. Apple's firmware has a number of quirks that
I'm aware of and we're working through them, but anyone filing bugs against
Apple hardware on EFI right now is likely to be ignored for a significant
period of time until there's an expectation that it'll actually work. Maybe
in six months or so".

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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