[CentOS] centos 7 on older macbook pro

Mon Sep 14 03:25:35 UTC 2015
Keith Keller <kkeller at wombat.san-francisco.ca.us>

On 2015-09-14, Hal Wigoda wrote:
> Use Oracles VM VirtualBox.

Well, I explicitly don't want to do that, since it uses even more
resources than OS X by itself.  Having linux run on the bare metal
without OS X should be much more efficient.

> On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 9:33 PM, Keith Keller wrote:
>> Then I got to the point of configuring wifi, and of course being a MBP,
>> it has a proprietary Broadcom interface.  I followed the instructions on
>> the wiki (https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Laptops/Wireless/Broadcom), but
>> had some trouble with it coming back up after a sleep.  That plus some
>> other issues (it ran hot just running a browser, for example) are making
>> me question whether this is a good idea.

As sometimes happens, I wrote too soon.  I think the wifi issue may have
been a misconfiguration on my part, and so far Firefox has been fine.
It could have been a transient issue that I unintentionally resolved.

I was really surprised to see that streaming video and audio worked
without having to do anything.  And even KDE has not been too much of a
dog so far, though I'm still thinking to install something like fluxbox
or blackbox.  I actually haven't had a linux desktop in a long time so
I'm very much out of practice.

So far, after the first hiccups, CentOS 7 has been much faster on the
old MBP than OS X is.  I'm optimistic that I can find a use for it, even
if it's just having a laptop I can use if my family wants the new MBP.


kkeller at wombat.san-francisco.ca.us