This has been waiting around for a while so I’ll give it a quick clean up and hit publish. Unfortunately because its been waiting a while I might have missed some details but I wouldn’t remember now.
Thankfully the notes on help.ubuntu.com have vastly improved since I first tried this, so check those out first.
Weirdest part of the whole thing
- Use both USB and CD installer. It took me a while to find this out, but they only way to get the installer to boot properly is to use the same install image on both a USB key and CD at the same time.
What I did:
- Resize the OSX partition with disk utility
- Create an MSDos partition
- Install rEFIT
- Boot the installer using both USB and CD
- Install ubuntu as usual<ul>
- Sync MBR/partition table (using refit)
- fails to boot
- Boot LiveCD (+USB) again
- Delete swap partition (Probably could have skipped this to start with and it would have gone better)
- Sync partition table (using refit)
- Boot linux
- works Successful boot, yay!
- Add ppa for wireless driver (installing using ethernet)
- wireless works (no extra hacking)
Extra packages to install/configure:
- macfanctld Absolutely essential unless you want to cook your CPU.
- natural scrolling
- other synaptics wrangling - definitely worth it
- enable extra drivers (?)
I’ll have to go find more info to document these last bits properly.. however I’m back on OSX so it’ll need to wait for a reboot.