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Dual Boot Ubuntu on Mac Dual Boot Ubuntu 20.04 on a 2017 MacBook? My Attempt.

hiattzhao profile image Hiatt ・2 min read

I love my MacBook and I love trying new things. Among all the major desktop GUIs out there: Windows, macOS, and Linux, I like Linux the best. I tried to install Ubuntu before on my 2015 MacBook Pro a couple of years back. It had some issues and I ended up uninstalling it. With Ubuntu 20.04, I decided to give it another shot and tried to dual boot Ubuntu with macOS on my 2017 MacBook.

So last night, I backed up my MacBook using Time Machine. This morning, I was so excited to do the installation that I got up at 6:30 to install Ubuntu 20.04 along side macOS. I had to delete the local Time Machine snapshots before partitioning the drive using Disk Utility. After that, the installation went well mainly because I followed a YouTube tutorial.

After the install, I logged into Ubuntu. The first thing I noticed is my trackpad didn’t work. I searched online and found three command lines I needed to run then it got fixed. I struggled for a couple of hours trying to get the speakers to work. The headphone works but not the laptop speakers. In the end, I couldn’t find the solution. Around 1 pm, I called it quits and deleted the partitions I created this morning and deleted the ubuntu grub folder so everything is back to where I started.

My conclusion is that Linux and MacBooks don't play well. To me, Apple makes great looking laptops and I want a great customizable OS to go with it. In my opinion, that's Linux. I know Linux has less trouble working with Windows machines and I like the new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition that has Ubuntu baked in. But that's another $1000+ I don't want to spend right now. I just wish Linux worked better on Macs.

Anyone with similar thoughts?

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Peter Frumau

There is a nice article summing up the suggestions by rcohen04 in an explicit tutorial: lifewire.com/dual-boot-linux-and-m...

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Hiatt Author

Thanks for the link! Wish I saw this during my installation. I don't think I want to install Linux again right now. But if I do, I know where to look.

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rcohen04

I could use some help on same issue. I installed Ubuntu 20.04 LTS from USB flash on iMac mid-2007 with success, but when I go to boot, I can't select it as Startup disk. I used disk Utility, mount and see the partition and contents which look the same as that installed on windows based machine. Looks like there's a missing link to a utility of sorts that specifies the "boot" disk, like rEFInd (rodsbooks.com/refind/). But I would love some advice before I try it so I don't trash my disk! Thanks much - Rick