[arch-general] Arch Linux on MacBookPro13,3

Christoph Gysin christoph.gysin at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 07:28:08 UTC 2018

I'm running arch on a MacbookPro13,1.

There used to be a really annoying bug with the NVMe controller, that
would delay bootup by up to 2 minutes. Luckily that has been fixed in
4.15.2 or so. The only feature I'm really missing is working
suspend/resume (wifi works on the 13,1). With kernel 4.16, bluetooth
will work out of the box on the 13,3 (13,1 still needs a small patch

For out-of-tree drivers, there are AUR packages:
webcam: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/bcwc-pcie-git/
keyboard/touchpad: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/macbook12-spi-driver-dkms/

Both are working on getting them into mainline.

On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 9:25 PM, Jeremy Brown <jeremy at brownjava.org> wrote:
> Hey Arch folks,
> I have a work-provided laptop which is a MacBookPro13,3; in other words a
> fairly recent MacBook Pro (one of the touch bar ones).  I've shrunk the root
> partition on it and would like to install Arch on a second partition and use
> that as my primary OS.  I've been able to do this with previous versions of
> MacBook Pros no problem.
> However, doing some research it appears as though installing Linux on this
> hardware is difficult and many of the components either require extensive
> customization (e.g. building your own drivers) or don't work at all:
>    https://github.com/Dunedan/mbp-2016-linux
>    https://gist.github.com/roadrunner2/1289542a748d9a104e7baec6a92f9cd7
> Assuming that page is correct audio, wifi, and suspend not working (or barely
> working) are going to be dealbreakers for me, I think.  I'm going to take a
> crack at it in the next few days but wondered if anyone in arch-general had any
> success with similar hardware.  Is it livable, or is the driver support and
> such just not there yet?
> Cheers,
> Jeremy

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