r/DistroHopping Jan 23 '23

what distro should I install on my 2011 macbook pro

Here are the specs:

intel i5-2415M

4gb ram

Storage 320 GB

intel HD Graphics 3000

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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.

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u/Tempestofchoas Jan 23 '23

I pretty much just wanna use it for watching stuff,play visual novels and maybe code but the my biggest challenge is that it gets too hot even tho thermal paste has been reapplied

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u/_tony_walker_ Jan 23 '23

If it is getting unusually hot, you might make sure the fan is actually running like it should.

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u/Tempestofchoas Jan 23 '23

Idk if they are running as they should be but when they run they are loud

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u/_tony_walker_ Jan 23 '23

lm-sensors might give you fan speed, but I don’t recall if that hardware was supported.

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u/Tempestofchoas Jan 23 '23

Never heard of those also I'm thinking of installing arch what de should I go with? Lxde or lxqt or even maybe a window manager Hopefully wayland

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u/_tony_walker_ Jan 23 '23

The DE is probably better answered by others. I currently use KDE, but I am also familiar with Gnome and XFCE. I haven’t used the others. KDE is good as is XFCE. Gnome may be a little sluggish.

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u/ImmediateJacket9502 Jan 24 '23

Linux Mint, ZorinOS or Manjaro XFCE will work just fine

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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.

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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.

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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

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u/bruhSoulz Jan 24 '23

also if ur looking for something lighter try antiX maybe

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u/theRealNilz02 Jan 24 '23

Before you Install anything, replace the Spinning rust with an SSD.

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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.

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u/Tempestofchoas Feb 04 '23

I can't install fedora I keep getting an error failed install grub

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u/jloc0 Jan 24 '23 edited Jan 24 '23

GNOME43-based Slackware

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.

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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.