Best Linux Distro for Mac

Posted by jun auza On 2/06/2009
I've been using Xubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” on my Macbook Pro Penryn (Early 2008 model) for several months now. Although there are few minor issues left unsolved, I'm quite happy with Xubuntu on my Mac because it simply works for me.

However, these past days, I've been considering replacing Xubuntu with a distro that hopefully has a much better hardware support out-of-the-box and could unleash the optimum performance of my Macbook Pro. --Like perhaps a distro that can magically help increase the battery life while decrease the hardware temperature when running.

At the moment, I have a short list of Linux distros that could replace Xubuntu Hardy on my Mac:

Fedora 10
I dual-booted Fedora 9 and Xubuntu before but ultimately decided to just use Xubuntu since it performed a lot better than Fedora. Right now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Fedora 10 will do wonders for my Mac.

Mepis 8.0
I have great memories using Mepis Linux, so I want to take the plunge and test the upcoming version.

Sabayon Linux 4
Putting this Gentoo-based distro on my Mac can be suicide since I’m probably on my own when I do this. But since danger is my middle name, I will most likely try Sabayon Linux on my Macbook Pro.

Xubuntu/Ubuntu 8.10
To avoid extreme danger, I’ve been thinking of just upgrading to "Intrepid Ibex" and see what happens.

As always, any suggestions are welcomed via comment.

To some Linux-on-mac users out there, I would like to ask this question: What Linux distro works best with your Mac?

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