Even amongst nerds, it’s hard to find someone who wants Linux on a desktop. Perhaps that’s because stuff got hard, everything changed.
EFI Crypto boot, new fangled window managers, systemd, no onboard networking and still terrible wifi driver support. It’s pants really: to get drivers you need a network, to get network you need drivers or a plug in supported thing.
I’m motivated because I miss my tiling window manager, and I miss the choice I got. I’m interested in going back to the Gentoo distro and going a layer deeper than I did last time and get to know the tools well.
Here’s what I expect to need to do to start
- Skim Gentoo’s handbook
- Skim the Gentoo Cheat Sheet
- Skim Arch’s MacBook page
- Skim Gentoo wiki search results for MacBook 6,1
- Read the Wifi page. This is likely the bcm wl closed driver, OSX indicates AirPort_Brcm4360 when I ran
- Find a way to install the wireless drivers offline.
I’ll follow up with the nitty gritty, just planning stages now.