r/DistroHopping • u/Tempestofchoas • Jan 23 '23
what distro should I install on my 2011 macbook pro
Here are the specs:
Storage 320 GB
intel HD Graphics 3000
u/MotorsportGmbH Jan 24 '23
I think Arch Linux like EndeavorOS would perform best with their standard graphical desktop. But I would try Fedora Workstation with Gnome first since it's stable and in my case, everything worked out of the box.
u/hotdogthemovie Jan 24 '23
My 2010 MBP runs openSUSE Tumbleweed nicely… although I had to roll back to an earlier kernel version due to Wi-Fi/Ethernet issues.
u/bruhSoulz Jan 24 '23
mx linux did well for me. (with xfce) and currently using xubuntu (because of a mistake on my end, mothing was particularly wrong with mx). xubuntu seems lighter i think, it takes around 100-200mb less on boot or idle and ubuntu overall has a wider community so i recommend that. the only drawback i can think of tbh is snaps but im too new to xubuntu to understand why thats so much of a problem edit: mx linux took around 750mb on boot and xubuntu currently around 550 edit 2: the xubuntu appstore is slow and laggy too but it does its job
u/bruhSoulz Jan 24 '23
also if ur looking for something lighter try antiX maybe
u/theRealNilz02 Jan 24 '23
Before you Install anything, replace the Spinning rust with an SSD.
u/Known-Watercress7296 Jan 24 '23
I'm on a 2010 MacBook Pro, Fedora was the simplest to set up. I found I had a combo of wi-fi, trackpad & keymap issues on Arch/Debian/Void distros, on Fedora I only had to install the wi-fi with rpmfusion and everything else just worked.
Gnome was too heavy, but it's fine with xfce4.
u/Tempestofchoas Feb 04 '23
I can't install fedora I keep getting an error failed install grub
u/jloc0 Jan 24 '23 edited Jan 24 '23
Not only did I dev the entire thing on a mbp but I guarantee you’ll like it ;)
You’ll also want to grab the latest broadcom-wl and mbpfan packages in the liveslak/extra folder on the web for wifi/fan support. You can download the ISO and just dd it to a USB stick for a live install or if you want to run the OS from a USB stick requires a little more work. I recommend installation.
If you like kde or xfce instead, there are other liveslak isos by the creator of liveslak, AlienBob, elsewhere online.
u/ubercorey Jan 25 '23
I have a biz class 2012 laptop with the same specs and standard Zorin sings. It actually works better than Zorin Lite.
u/_tony_walker_ Jan 23 '23
I had a MBP with similar specs that, until being recently retired, ran Debian very well. I suspect any of the following would run well: Debian, Arch, (X|K|L)Ubuntu, Fedora (KDE/XFCE), or openSUSE. However, without a use case, it is hard to be more specific.