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notebook MacBook 2.1 (Late 2006)
Modell: MacBook 2.1 (Late 2006)(Modell-ID: 1135)
Typ (notebook, netbook, motherboard, tablet):
does it have a free boot firmware (BIOS,UEFI,...) ?
can be installed
can free operating systems be installed?
does the device prevent installing wifi cards not-approved by the vendor?
Jahr der Markteinführung:
Kompatibilität mit Freie Software:
überprüft mit Distribution:
Debian GNU/Linux 8 jessie
Debian GNU/Linux 9 stretch
Parabola GNU/Linux
PureOS 8.0 Prometheus
Trisquel 7.0 Belenos
Überbrüft mit folgendem freien Betriebssystemkern (Libre Kernel):
Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03) (works with 3D acceleration)
Atheros Communications Inc. AR5418 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5008E 802.11(a)bgn] (PCI-Express) (it works)
Apple, Inc. Built-in iSight (it does not work)
Model No: A1181 (EMC 2139) also referred to as 'Late 2006' (ref).
Free BIOS Can Be Installed
There is a new coreboot port for this laptop. The port is not yet merged to the master git branch but you can already use it! See
  • http://review.coreboot.org/#/c/5321/
  • http://review.coreboot.org/#/c/5323/
  • http://review.coreboot.org/#/c/5324/
Boots into 32-bit EFI mode

When it finds a GPT disk (intern or extern via usb) with a EFI-System partition code EF00 in Fat32 format. The boat loader (e.g. GRUB2 2.00) must be stored at the EFI-System partition at /EFI/BOOT/bootia32.efi

It does not require any MAC-formated partition, nor rEFIt, nor rEFInd.

I had to prepare the disk partitions before the system installation and manually install the boot loader after the system installation. Both is possible with e.g. Trisquel LiveCD (via the optical drive or a prepared usb device).

Pressing the "alt" key at boot might save some time.
It seems that Apple made the box wait some seconds when it doesn't find any OSX boat loader. This anti-feature lasted about 30 seconds in the first place. at some point it went down to about 5 seconds. Anyway pressing "alt" makes the boot manager menu appear almost immediately. There you can choose to load any available boot loader (e.g. from intern hard disk and possibly in addition from a usb device plugged in)
The CPU is 64-bit capable: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo (T7200)
Although the boot loader must be 32-bit, it can load either 32-bit or 64-bit kernel!
WebCam does not work
Since there is no free firmware available for the kernel to load. See also: https://packages.debian.org/stretch/isight-firmware-tools
I am not sure about whether it accepts a Trisquel LiveCD since the optical drive in my box is somewhat broken and i had to go via an usb drive/pen.
For the graphics to work best i added the most recent kernel from http://jxself.org/linux-libre/ and the most recent Intel graphics driver from https://01.org/linuxgraphics/
You need at least kernel version 3.15 for the touchpad to be pleasant to use. For more performance details, see https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/macbook

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