new macbook air 13.3 inch 2017 linux issues

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  1. Jelky Bellyl

    Jelky Bellyl Notebook Enthusiast

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    I want to buy macbook air 13.3 inch , the newest model from 2017 and install on it linux ( debian, eventually arch / fedora / other distros )
    My question is are there unresolved issues with compability I should expect ( e.g. Slow wifi due to poor quality reverse-engineered driver / not working webcam / mic / lack of control over fan etc. )?
    Cheers
     
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    PrecisionBassed Notebook Enthusiast

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    Lots of good info on this page: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/mac

    In my (very limited) testing of Fedora Linux on a MacBook Air, I had to install the "non-free" Broadcom driver for the wireless.
     
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    Jelky Bellyl Notebook Enthusiast

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    yeah, but nothing there adressses specifically New macbook air, only old models.
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    at model of macboik air do you have?
     
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    PrecisionBassed Notebook Enthusiast

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    I think I tested on an 11" 2013 MacBook Air.

    I included the link to Arch because they have a pretty smart user base. But additionally you should check the wiki for whichever distro you want to try. For example, if you are interested in Debian: https://wiki.debian.org/MacBook

    In my experience, Linux Mint generally has the best hardware support out-of-the-box, because they include "non free" drivers on the install medium. If you get it working in Mint, you can figure out which drivers/modules are in use, and then replicate it on a different distro like Debian.
     
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