So much for your Linux powered Retina system
Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2012 - 08:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: retina display, macbook pro, linux
While the hardware is certainly attractive, a Core i7 3615QM, 8GB DDR3-1600, a GT 650M and of course, the Retina display at 2880x1800, the new MacBook Pro is not for Linux users ... at least not yet. The issues Phoronix have seen with Thunderbolt on Linux also seem to extend to the MacBook Pro as a whole. No matter what distribution they tried, the display either did not work or it mangled the image to an unusable state as you can see below. Even worse, when Phoronix managed to at least connect to the machine in a way they could monitor it, they saw much greater power usage than with OSX.
"If you are planning to buy one of the new Apple MacBook Pro notebooks with a Retina Display for use under Linux, hold off on your purchase. Running the Retina MacBook Pro with Linux isn't a trouble-free experience and after using even the latest development code and jumping through various hoops, Linux on the latest Apple hardware is still less than an ideal experience. Linux support will improve for the Retina MacBook Pro in the coming months, but it's not likely to see any proper "out of the box" experience until next year."
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