Linux on 2013 Mac Desktop - Wish Me Luck

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My parents have upgraded to a new Mac, because their old one from 2013 can't be upgraded to the latest MacOS version. So I am now the owner of a Mac. They requested the Mac to be securely wiped. As I have no use for MacOS, I'm going to install LMDE5.

I know, you're wondering why "wish me luck?" Mac is a bit of a different beast when it comes to Linux. So I walk through it with caution.
 


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Good luck, and take an antacid if it gives you heartburn.

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IIRC (and I might not) a Mac of that era only needs 'nomodeset' to boot the installation media without a black screen.
 

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IIRC (and I might not) a Mac of that era only needs 'nomodeset' to boot the installation media without a black screen.
No, it's a white screen.;)
I 'inherit' a 2011 McBook Air from my daughter.
After taking an insurance by cloning the HD, I played with it with Antix 21 and it worked !
During booting it kept thinking (white screen) for a long time, I thought of quitting but somehow I got the menu in the end.
 

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Installing Linux on an iMac should not cause any problems, because they are carefully assembled for unix, on which MacOS was built upon via Darwin. I have installed several linux distros on my iMac 2015, only a few of them gave me a headache ! ;-)
 
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Success!

The install went fairly smooth. I booted to the live USB, and everything worked, except the BCM4360 wireless. I was thinking Linux should pretty well have older Broadcom drivers sorted, and I assumed the driver would be active in the ISO. Modprobe showed the appropriate driver loaded, but the interface was down, and I couldn't get it up.

Went ahead with the install anyway. Lo and behold, the wireless works without issues, and without having to install anything.

IIRC (and I might not) a Mac of that era only needs 'nomodeset' to boot the installation media without a black screen.
This wasn't an issue in my case.

The machine came with an Apple Magic Touchpad (v1), which I was able to pair and use. Now I have to get used to 2-finger tap for right-click emulation.
 

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My parents have upgraded to a new Mac, because their old one from 2013 can't be upgraded to the latest MacOS version. So I am now the owner of a Mac. They requested the Mac to be securely wiped. As I have no use for MacOS, I'm going to install LMDE5.

I know, you're wondering why "wish me luck?" Mac is a bit of a different beast when it comes to Linux. So I walk through it with caution.

I had installed Mint on a 2013 iMac. So it can be done.
 

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Nice outcome :)

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This wasn't an issue in my case.

Hmm... I don't know enough about Macs to be sure. That era came with Nvidia video cards and they're such that they require nomodeset. Maybe not all did/do? I know it's such a common thing that it's pretty much the first piece of advice when people are trying to install Linux on Macs from around then. Alas, I don't know enough to be sure of anything, as I'm not really a Mac kinda guy.
 

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Congratulations, with the information available to you, I did not doubt you would succeed,
 
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