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Re: Installing Ubuntu 13.10 on a MacBook Air 6.2

Thanks, this is the guide I used as a starting point, and it helped. I can't believe how easy rEFInd is to install.

It took me *forever* to figure out, but there's an even cooler way to boot linux (the method detailed on this page is acceptable too). Basically, install the bootloader to /dev/sda, not your EFI partition, you can delete it later with dd.

You need the ext4 driver in your /EFI/refind/drivers and make sure "scan_all_linux_kernels" is enabled in your refind.conf. It should detect whatever is in /boot on your Ubuntu filesystem. If you don't want to accumulate lots of entries,  freeze kernel updates with an apt preferences file. It's not like you need every sub-minor revision kernel, I got one that boots great on my Macbook and I'm not gonna worry about it for awhile.

This way you boot linux directly with the EFI stub loader. You get nice walls of boot messages, which aside form looking cool, output useful stuff for diagnosing problems. This way of booting feels more "native" somehow too. You can take it a step further and undo Ubuntu's hybrid MBR shenanigans to a more "proper" protective one with gdisk, and now you have a "true" GPT / EFI setup booting Mac and Linux! This is also detailed on the rEFInd site, if you're not familiar, the guy maintaining rEFInd is the author of gdisk, the awesome command-line partitioning tool.

Re: Installing Ubuntu 13.10 on a MacBook Air 6.2

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